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.
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.