Welcome! The Downtown Plan is an opportunity to get excited about everything downtown Bellingham has to offer, identify and remove barriers to redevelopment, and determine what is and isn't working well downtown. Most importantly, it's an opportunity to establish what actions the community can take to make downtown work better for everyone. The project timeline (PDF) breaks down the phases of this endeavor.
Downtown Plan Open House
Over the past two years, the City and its partners have asked the community to provide input into a new Downtown Plan in a number of fun and exciting ways. Join the planning team to see the culmination of your efforts and provide additional feedback. After a presentation on key recommendations, browse the room and talk with the team.
Questions? Contact Lisa Pool at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-778-8390
Free Informational Sessions offered to learn more about the financial incentive, code and zoning flexibility available to historic and existing buildings.
Informational Meetings and Discussions regarding the boundary of the new Downtown Plan and how it relates to the four adjacent neighborhoods:
Phase I was completed at the end of 2011. The community input received during this phase was used to help inform the focus of activities that occurred in Phase II.
Phase II "Festival of Ideas" was dedicated to community problem-solving and brainstorming project ideas for downtown. Several activities, workshops, and tours occurred throughout the summer and fall of 2012. The staff presented a summary of the activities and the next steps for the myDowntown project at an open house on November 2, 2012 at the SPARK Museum of Electricity. A video of that presentation can be viewed here.