In 2007, residents from the Columbia, Cornwall Park, and Lettered Streets Neighborhoods launched an outreach and visioning initiative for the commercial area commonly known as the "Fountain District." The Fountain District encompasses the area of Meridian Street beginning at the intersections of Girard and Broadway at the southern end, and extending to Illinois at the northern end.
The City was able to initiate the Fountain District Urban Village Master Plan project in 2009 because the three neighborhoods were successful in engaging residents, property and business owners in the initial planning process. The project goal is to develop a master plan and development regulations for an urban village.
On October 11, 2010 Bellingham City Council approved the Fountain District Urban Village Subarea Plan and related development regulations. Together, these planning tools will guide private development and public improvements, and help prioritize city investment in the area.
September 13, 2010 - Bellingham City Council held a public hearing at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers, City Hall, 210 Lottie Street.
The Bellingham Planning Commission met three separate times in 2010 and forwarded a recommendation of approval to City Council for the Fountain District Urban Village Subarea Plan and Development Regulations.
A series of public meetings and focus groups were held in 2009 to discuss the vision for the area and draft a conceptual plan. The public input report (on the public meetings page) outlines the conceptual plan presented by staff, highlights the suggestions, ideas and concerns raised by property and business owners and the general public, and identifies the next steps in the master planning process.