The Bellingham Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year vision and roadmap for Bellingham's future that sets the framework for the physical, social and economic development of the City. It anticipates change and provides guidance for decision-makers.
The State Growth Management Act (GMA) requires that the entire comprehensive plan be updated every eight years. The City is in the process of updating its 2006 Comprehensive Plan to remain compliant with the GMA. The 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update webpage includes additional details on the project and ways in which the public can participate.
The State Growth Management Act (GMA) allows cities to make amendments to their comprehensive plans once a year through the establishment of an annual docket. The City of Bellingham requires that all amendment and rezone request proposals be submitted to the Planning Department by April 1st of each year so that it can be considered for inclusion on the annual docket.