ADU Ordinance Update Public Process

​​The City's ADU Ordinance Update webpage provides local information on ADUs from other jurisdictions, including related articles and publications on the matter.

City Council

CANCELLED March 26, 2018 - Committee Meeting: Work session to discuss the Planning Commission's recommendations for proposed 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, a proposal by the Planning Commission to allow detached ADUs in single family zoned areas citywide, and related amendments to BMC 20.30.100 and 20.32.110 to eliminate the required 10' garage door setback from public alleys for detached accessory buildings. Detailed information can be found five days prior to the meeting at meetings.cob.org

April 9 - Public Hearing to consider 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, a proposal by the Planning Commission to allow detached ADUs in single family zoned areas citywide, and related amendments to BMC 20.30.100 and 20.32.110 to eliminate the required 10' garage door setback from public alleys for detached accessory buildings. Detailed information can be found five days prior to the meeting at meetings.cob.org

Anyone wishing to comment is invited to attend, or send comments to the Council Offi​ce, 210 Lottie Street, ccmail@cob.org, or fax 360-778-8101 to be received prior to 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018, to be included in the agenda packet. Comment received after that will be distributed to Council but not included in the published packet. PLEASE INDICATE WHICH PUBLIC HEARING YOUR COMMENT PERTAINS TO.

April 23, 2018 - Committee Meeting: Work session to continue the review of amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code relating to accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Detailed information can be found five days prior to the meeting at meetings.cob.org.

Planning Commission 

The City of Bellingham Planning Commission will consider all comments submitted through January 30, 2018 at 5pm. Written comments received after the deadline will be forwarded to City Council for consideration. 

February 15, 2018 - A work session to continue the review of amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code relating to accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Additional materials can be found under the January 25, 2018 date at meetings.cob.org. NOTE: The Planning Commission completed its deliberations at the 2/15/18 meeting and formulated findings of fact, conclusions and recommendations on the proposal which will be forwarded to City Council for their consideration. The public comment period for the Planning Commission review has closed. Any additional public comment received hereafter will be forwarded to the city Council when they commence their review of the proposed amendments. We anticipate that City Council will begin deliberations on the matter sometime in early spring.

February 1, 2018 - 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 under the January 25, 2018 date at meetings.cob.orgNOTE: There will likely be no public testimony taken at this meeting regarding the ADU ordinance. February 15th was also reserved for further discussion on this item.  

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 meetings.cob.org 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 meetings.cob.org 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 meetings.cob.org 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 meetings.cob.org 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 meetings.cob.org (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 meetings.cob.org (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:

 

contacts

​Chris Koch at ckoch@cob.org or 360-778-8349.