Streamlining City wide green building
In 2009, The City of Bellingham Planning and Community
Development (PCD) Green Team developed the FIVE/12 Agenda. With support from
Sustainable Connections, the PCD Green Team made substantial progress on
FIVE green building barriers over the course of 12 months. The following are
descriptions of accomplishments for each one.
Incorporate LEED-ND prerequisites and other sustainable frameworks into
Urban Villages comply with the essential components of
LEED-ND, due in large part to the mixed-use design and the transit and
pedestrian orientation that are an integral part of this development
approach. The first urban village, Old Town, and the recently-approved
Samish Way Urban Village, have development regulations that include
components of LEED-ND. The planning underway for the Fountain Urban Village
intends do the same.
Analyze effectiveness of "Green Factor" program
The Green Factor is a scorecard for low impact development
techniques and landscaping requirements that results in an increase in the
quality and quantity of landscaping provided with new development. The Green
Factor was adopted this year in the Urban Infill Toolkit for townhomes and
courtyards, and was incorporated in the landscaping requirements in
commercial areas of the Samish Way Urban Village.
Identify, analyze, and make available to the public alternative methods
for green construction
“Advanced Methods and Materials” (AMM) have been developed
by the Building Official to allow and promote green alternatives. Some
examples include: roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels and waterless
urinals. AMMs are intended to respond to interest from green builders; the
Building Official has more AMMs in the works.
Develop a green permit review team
An interdepartmental team has been established to review
BuiltGreen, LEED, and comparable “green” building designs. A designated lead
for the team serves as project manager for green building projects which
will result in a more coordinated review. Team members are familiar with
green building techniques and will take advantage of educational
opportunities to keep up with the industry.
Analyze a system for reducing permit review time
The Green Team analyzed reducing permit review time for
certain green building projects as a way to make green building potentially
more attractive, in addition to offering the green permit review team. As a
result, the Green Team will pilot a reduced permit review time in 2010 to
determine its effectiveness as an incentive. In addition, the Permit Center
is developing helpful guidelines and over-the-counter permits to accelerate
approval of weatherization and energy efficiency projects anticipated due to
federal stimulus money.
Contact for more information: Kim Weil