The City of Bellingham and the Port of Bellingham are collaborating to guide redevelopment of 237 acres of Bellingham's downtown waterfront. The long-term vision for this former mill site is a new mixed-use neighborhood, featuring residential, commercial, light industrial and institutional uses, as well as parks, trails and a healthy shoreline. Since 2005, hundreds of community members have shared their ideas and dedicated advisory groups, including the Planning Commission, have helped shape proposed plans for this area. The draft documents below chart the course for City and Port collaboration on redevelopment work for decades to come.
The Planning Commission completed their review and consideration of the Draft Waterfront District Subarea Plan and associated documents on June 6, 2013. The Commission recommended a number of amendments, which are outlined in Attachment A of the Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendations. They forwarded their recommendation to the City Council.
For information and materials related to the City Council's ongoing review process, please check the agendas published on the City Council Meeting Materials page.
Written comments regarding waterfront planning should be sent to the Bellingham City Council.
Staff Contacts: Greg Aucutt, Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development, (360) 778-8344 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Tara Sundin, Economic Development Manager, Mayor's Office, (360)778-8392 or email@example.com.
A repository of key Waterfront District master plan documents can be found here: Waterfront District master plan archives: 2005-2012