It is in the City's interest that our neighborhood plans be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and represent the values and priorities of the neighborhoods. Therefore, the City held a Planning Academy to provide neighborhood leadership with the knowledge, skills and abilities to develop and propose comprehensive plan, neighborhood plan and development code amendments for consideration by the City.
Planning Academy I for Neighborhoods (2006)
The first Planning Academy happened in Fall of 2006 and was designed to familiarize neighborhood representatives with Bellingham's planning and regulatory code structure. These sessions provided the foundation for neighborhoods to embark on priority neighborhood code amendment proposals for submittal to the city.
Planning Academy II: Green Bellingham - Achieving Infill, Enhancing
Planning Academy II was held April 30, May 7, May 21 and May
28, 2008, and involved community members in the exploration and formation of an
Infill Housing Toolkit of clearly defined alternative housing types that
may be integrated into appropriate areas of existing and new neighborhoods.
Bellingham can improve opportunities for home ownership and reduce sprawl by
increasing the diversity of housing types that are available.