ADU Ordinance Update & Public Process

The public is invited to submit written comment throughout the ADU ordinance update process. Written comments may be submitted to: Planning and Community Development Department, Attn: Chris Koch - 210 Lottie St. Bellingham, WA 98225 or via e-mail at ckoch@cob.org.

To be notified of up-coming meeting and progress updates, send an email to ckoch@cob.org.

Planning Commission

January 25, 2018 - A public hearing for the consideration of amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code relating to accessory dwelling units (ADUs), including a detached ADU pilot program proposed by the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association, and related amendments to BMC 20.30.100 and BMC 20.32.110 to eliminate the required 10' garage door setback from public alleys for detached accessory buildings. Materials can be found at cob.org/meetings approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.

November 16, 2017 - A work session to continue the review of the City's existing ADU regulations, including a summary of changes proposed by staff and a Detached ADU pilot program proposed by the Happy Valley Neighborhood Assoc. Materials can be found at cob.org/meetings approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.

October 19, 2017 - A work session to continue the review of the City's existing ADU regulations, including a summary of changes proposed by staff and a Detached ADU pilot program proposed by the Happy Valley Neighborhood Assoc. Materials can be found at cob.org/meetings approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.

September 7, 2017 - A work session to continue the review of the City's existing ADU regulations. Staff will present background information, current city regulations and regulatory approaches used by other jurisdictions, a summary of Focus Group meeting including identified issues and opportunities and a summary of changes proposed by staff. Materials can be found at cob.org/meetings approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.

November 19, 2015 - The Planning Commission held a work session to discuss the development of a scope for the update to the City's Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance. Materials reviewed at this meeting can be found cob.org/meetings (choose 11/19/2015 from the calendar)

March 5, 2015 - The Planning Commission held a public meeting to review and identify possible changes that will implement the goals and policies of the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan. Information gathered from the Commission and public input were used to draft amendments to the ADU ordinance that will be considered at a future Planning Commission hearing. Materials reviewed at this meeting can be found cob.org/meetings (choose 03/05/2015 from the calendar)

ADU Focus Group

August 3, 2017 - Meeting at 1:30pm in the Mayor's Board Room (2nd Floor, City Hall).

June 13, 2017 - Meeting at 3:00pm in the Mayor's Board Room (2nd Floor, City Hall).

October 28, 2015 - The focus group met to discuss the ADU Ordinance update project. This meeting was held in the HR Training Room (2nd floor of City Hall) at 3:00pm. The following materials were distributed to the members:

 

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