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Infill Housing

Infill housing is one of the best ways to make use of our remaining residential land. This type of housing focuses on developing vacant or underused land in urban areas, and helps to reduce sprawl, while encouraging long-term sustainability and housing options for all types of individuals and families.


What is the Infill Toolkit?

The Infill Toolkit represents seven (7) traditional housing types that use a limited amount of residential space. In general, these housing types represent small homes that have a low transportation impact, make the best use of the City's remaining land and allow for new affordable housing options.

These housing types include:

  • Cottages
  • Townhouses
  • Duplexes
  • Triplexes
  • Small or smaller lot detached, single-family houses
  • Shared courtyard housing
  • Garden courtyard housing

All of these housing types can be built in Bellingham's residential zones, with exception to most single-family zones, neighborhood commercial zones and the Lake Whatcom Watershed.


Helpful Resources

Learn more about innovative housing type design standards, zoning and more with these helpful resources:


Contact Us 

 Have questions or need help getting started? Contact us at planning@cob.org or 360-778-8300.