City-Wide Development Incentives

The City of Bellingham offers the following incentives to encourage sustainable development and projects that implement community goals for affordable housing, infill development, environmentally-friendly projects and historic preservation.

Matrix of existing and proposed incentives (PDF) 

City of Bellingham - Incentives at a Glance

 

INCENTIVE NOTES
          KEY:               X - Currently Applicable           
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS
   Affordable Housing Funding ProgramsXAdditional funding consideration provided for projects along transit corridors, in urban villages, or within CDBG target areas.
   Park Impact Fee (PIF) ReductionXWaive up to 80% for qualified projects; ordinance 2015-07-029 adopted
    Pre-Approved PlansXRegistered Plan program available for all residential projects
    School Impact Fee (SIF) ReductionXWork with School District to adopt qualifying criteria for standard waiver up to 80%; ordinance 2015-07-029 adopted.
   System Development Charge (SDC) ReductionXWaive up to 80% for qualified projects; ordinance 2015-07-029 adopted
  Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) ReductionXWaive up to 80% for qualified projects; ordinance 2015-07-029 adopted
INNOVATIVE HOUSING TYPES (INFILL TOOLKIT, ADUs)
   Permit Fee ReductionsXEliminate redundant fees for infill toolkit projects - complete.
   Reduced Parking RequirementsXIn place for infill toolkit projects.
   School Impact Fee (SIF) ReductionXWork with School District to adopt qualifying criteria for standard waiver or reduction for ADUs and other units that do not generate student demand
CITY-WIDE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
    Development AgreementXContinue to utilize as opportunities arise
    Expedited PermittingXFor qualifying green building projects
   Pre-Approved PlansXRegistered Plan program available for all residential projects
   Regional Stormwater FacilitiesXDependent on topography and other environmental features
   Special Valuation Tax Exemption ProgramXApplies to qualifying historic building renovations, expanded to projects on National Register in 2016.
   System Development Charges (SDC) ReductionXContinue credits for historic use, deferred payments

 

For more information, contact Darby Cowles, Senior Planner at 360-778-8389 or dkcowles@cob.org