Annual Docket

​The Growth Management Act limits amendments to the comprehensive plan, which includes neighborhood plans, to once a year. The process to amend the plan includes two steps: 1) Establishment of the list of amendments (the "docket") through a Type VI legislative review process and 2) Once on the annual review docket, the amendments (and rezones, if applicable) go through a second Type VI process. Requests to amend the comprehensive plan must be submitted to the Planning Department by April 1st of each year so that they can be considered for inclusion on the annual docket.

2020 Annual Docket - EXCEPTION

Due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the April 1, 2020 deadline for submitting docket proposals for the 2020-2021 comprehensive plan amendment review process has been extended. Although we do not have a specific date at this time, it will be 30 days after the current State of Emergency is lifted. 

Comprehensive/Neighborhood Plan Amendment and Rezone Request Application Forms

Process Document (PDF) (read this first)

Docketing Application (PDF)

Comprehensive Plan / Neighborhood Plan Amendment Application (PDF)    

Rezone Application (PDF)

Proposals for Docket

DescriptionPlanning Commission RecommendationCity Council Decision

Active Docketed Proposals

DescriptionPlanning Commission RecommendationCity Council Status
​Food Access Policies (REZ2019-0001)Amend Comprehensive Plan to add policies related to food access.​​
Parks and Recreation & Open Space (PRO) Plan (REZ2019-0002)Update the PRO Plan. ​Public Hearing on December 5, 2019
​York Neighborhood Plan - Area 1 (REZ2019-0004)​Amend the sub-area language for Area 1 of the York Neighborhood Plan. 
Samish Way Urban Village Plan (REZ2018-0003)​Update the plan and development regulations.Recommended ApprovalPublic Hearing held on May 6, 2019
Waterfront District Master Plan (REZ2018-0002)Update the plan, development regulations and design standards. ​

Recommended Approval

​Public Hearing held on October 7, 2019

Archived Docketed Proposals

Year DocketedStatusCity Council Decision

​Birchwood Neighborhood Plan - Area 1 (REZ2019-0003)



Samish Neighborhood ​Plan and Zoning Table - Area 4 (REZ2018-0004)

2018 ​EXPIRED - Deadline not met by applicant
Mobile Homes _Manufactured Home Parks (REZ2018-0005)  ​2018CompleteApprove​​​ 
Comprehensive Plan Update​​2016​​Complete​Approve​​​
Barkley Neighborhood​​2016​CompleteApprove
Cordata Neighborhood​ - Area 20​2016​CompleteApprove
Cordata Neighborhood - Area 9​2016​CompleteApprove
Samish Neighborhood - Ashley Way2014​​Complete​Approve
Samish Neighborhood - Area 9​​2014Complete​Approve
​​Samish Neighborhood - Area 4​2014​Complete​Approve ​
Cordata Neighborhood2013​Complete​Approve
 Cornwall Park Neighborhood2013​Complete​Approve
Happy Valley Neighborhood​2013​CompleteApprove
Meridian Neighborhood2013​Deadline not met - withdrawn​ ​
Park, Recreation and Open Space Chapter2013​Complete​Approve
Samish Neighborhood2013​Complete​Approve
South Neighborhood2013​Complete​Approve
Cornwall Park Neighborhood​2012Complete​Deny
Edgemoor Neighborhood 2012​Complete​Deny
King Mountain Neighborhood (Area 14A) 2012​Complete​Approve
South Neighborhood 2012 Complete Deny
Sunnyland Neighborhood- City of Bellingham 2012 Complete Deny
Sunnyland Neighborhood - Neighborhood Association 2012 Complete Approve
Sunnyland Neighborhood- Owners 2012 Complete Deny
Whatcom Falls Neighborhood 2012 Complete Approve
​Economic Development Chapter (Comprehensive Plan)​2011Complete​Approve
Downtown Bellingham Plan​2011Complete​Approve
Samish Neighborhood​2011Complete​Deny
Happy Valley Neighborhood​2011​CompleteDeny
King Mountain Neighborhood (Area 13) ​2010​CompleteDen​y
Fairhaven Neighborhood and Urban Village Plan​2008​CompleteApprove
Sehome Neighborhood Association2008​CompleteApprove
Bakerview/James Urban Village Master Plan​​Pending Staff Resources​​ ​