2016 Comprehensive Plan Update

On November 14, 2016, the Bellingham City Council adopted the 2016 Comprehensive Plan, a 20-year planning document that sets the framework for the physical, social and economic development of the City. The updated plan meets the Growth Management Act (GMA) requirement for cities and counties to update their plans at least every eight years.

​Below is additional information on the planning process for the update:

Public Process

  • City Council / Planning Commission Meetings: Click here to view the list of Planning Commission and City Council work sessions and public hearings, as well as staff presentations.

  • Participation:

    • Written Comments: The public was invited to submit written comment throughout the Comprehensive Plan update process.
    • Open Houses: In the spring and fall of 2015, City staff held two open houses. Click here for more information.
    • Engage Bellingham: In 2015, the City launched Engage Bellingham, a community engagement website where citizens can connect, communicate and collaborate with decision makers and other residents on the future of our community. Later that year, the site hosting the conversations, MindMixer, received a new look and is now called mySidewalk. The summary report includes input received via the prior site from March through July 2015. Summary statistics and sample ideas with the most interactions are listed for each open-ended question. Full results are also available via a separate report.

      The City encourages residents to share their ideas, be heard and build a better community through participation in Engage Bellingham. Go to mysidewalk.com today and register to provide your feedback.

    • Online SurveyDuring the fall of 2014, citizens were asked about community priorities and future growth patterns. The Comprehensive Plan Update Survey received 1202 total responses from neighborhoods throughout Bellingham.

For more information, contact Greg Aucutt, Assistant Director, at gaucutt@cob.org or Lisa Pool, Senior Planner, at lapool@cob.org.