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 the annual review docket, approval of 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 it can be considered for inclusion on the annual docket.

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)

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the following proposal(s) for the 2014/2015 Docket and make their recommendations to City Council as to which one(s) should be added to the annual Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments.

Proposals for Docket

DescriptionPlanning Commission RecommendationCity Council Decision

Active Docketed Proposals

DescriptionPlanning Commission City Council
Bakerview/James Urban Village Master Plan Pending Staff Resources    

Archived Docketed Proposals

Year DocketedStatusCity Council Decision
Comprehensive Plan Update​2016​CompleteApprove
Cordata Neighborhood 2013 Complete Approve
Cornwall Park Neighborhood 2013 Complete Approve
Cornwall Park Neighborhood 2012 Complete Deny
Downtown Bellingham Plan 2011 Complete Approve
Economic Development Chapter (Comprehensive Plan) 2011 Complete Approve
Edgemoor Neighborhood 2012 Complete Deny
Fairhaven Neighborhood and Urban Village Plan 2008 Complete Approve
Happy Valley Neighborhood 2013 Complete Approve
Happy Valley Neighborhood 2011 Complete Deny
King Mountain Neighborhood (Area 14A) 2012 Complete Approve
King Mountain Neighborhood (Area 13) 2010 Complete Deny
Meridian Neighborhood 2013 Deadline not met - withdrawn
Park, Recreation and Open Space Chapter 2013 Complete Approve
Samish Neighborhood - Ashley Way 2014 ​Complete Approve
Samish Neighborhood - Area 9 2014 ​Complete Approve 
Samish Neighborhood - Area 4​2014​CompleteApprove 
Samish Neighborhood 2013 Complete Approve
Samish Neighborhood 2011 Complete Deny
Sehome Neighborhood Association 2008 Complete Approve
South Neighborhood 2012 Complete Deny
South Neighborhood 2013 Complete Approve
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