The Planning Academy for Neighborhoods was created to help the representatives for each of Bellingham's neighborhood organizations better understand the laws, rules and regulations that control land use, and for the staff from the Planning and Community Development Department to better understand neighborhood values.
Following participation in the Academy, neighborhood representatives will have the knowledge, skills and abilities to develop and propose comprehensive plan, neighborhood plan and development code amendments for consideration by the City.
Each session of the Academy included presentation of technical information and solicitation of community values. The Academy was not a decision-making institution; rather it was a means for expanding knowledge. The five sessions were:
September 19, 2006 The Growth Management Act: Land Use Law in Washington.
September 26, 2006 Bellingham's Land Use Law: The Tradition of Neighborhood Planning.
October 3, 2006 The Comprehensive Plan, the Neighborhood Plan, the Development Code.
October 10, 2006 Tools: How to Prepare and Propose Effective Amendments.
October 17, 2006 Building Support: How to Get to Yes in Your Neighborhood and at City Hall.
DVDs of the sessions are available at the Bellingham Public Library, along with a copy of course materials. For more information, please contact the
Planning & Community Development Department.