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Urban Villages

​​​A major part of our Comprehensive Plan involves master planning for urban villages. These villages give our community the opportunity to develop a vibrant mix of residential and commercial uses, create a unique redevelopment vision for Bellingham, boost economic development and encourage a safe and attractive pedestrian experience. In short, urban villages offer a smart and sustainable way to grow and improve our community. 


Learn More about Bellingham's Urban Villages

New Urban Village Status Report

Much of Bellingham's growth strategy revolves around the success of urban villages. So how is it going? Are they becoming the centers of dense growth and economic activity that are described in each urban village plan? This status report is a mid-course evaluation which answers these questions.  


Get Fee Reductions, Tax Exemptions and More 

Our experienced Urban Village Team is here to help you through the process! They offer priority review of land-use permits, and will walk you through available financial incentives, such as:.

  • Bellingham Opportunity Zones: Portions of ​Bellingham's downtown and waterfront, the Samish Way urban village, and the nearby Lummi Nation have all been designated Opportunity Zones. Investments in these areas qualify for substantial tax incentives under this new federal program.
  • B & O Tax Reduction: New businesses and branches that locate in Downtown, Old Town, Waterfront, Samish Way or Fountain are eligible for a graduated tax credit of 90% for the first year, 75% for the second year, and 50% for the third year of operation.  Contact the Business License Services / Tax line at 360-778-8012 for more information.
  • The Downtown Main Street Program: This program allows any business to write-off a portion of their State B&O taxes in support of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership (DBP). Contact the DBP at 360-527-8710 for more information.
              

For more information, contact business@cob.org  or 360-778-8105.

 

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