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J.E. “Sam” Ryan, CBO

5280 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Telephone: (360) 676-6907


Long Range Planning - Comprehensive Plan

Whatcom County’s Comprehensive Plan is intended to guide growth in unincorporated areas in coordination with the new plans of its cities. The fundamental purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to establish a framework of goals, policies and action items for the more detailed growth planning and implementation actions which will occur in the near future in designated urban growth areas and in the county’s rural areas. The County Council adopted the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan in May of 1997. Since then, amendments have been made on an annual basis.

The links to the left will guide you to the most recent version of the plan, plans for future updates and how to amend the plan.