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​Photo by: David Veatch

Bellingham Comprehensive Plan

The Bellingham Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year vision and roadmap for Bellingham's future that sets the framework for the physical, social and economic development of the City. The plan guides decisions on issues such as land use, transportation, housing, capital facilities, parks and the environment. It also sets standards for roads and other infrastructure, identifies how they will be paid for and establishes the basis for zoning and development regulations.

Annual Docket

The State Growth Management Act (GMA) allows cities to make amendments to their comprehensive plans once a year through the establishment of an annual docket. The City of Bellingham requires that all amendment and rezone request proposals be submitted to the Planning Department by April 1st of each year so that it can be considered for inclusion on the annual docket.