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Bellingham, Washington 98226
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Long Range Planning - Subarea Plans

Bellingham Urban Fringe Subarea Plan Update

  • Background
The Urban Fringe Subarea Plan was initially adopted in 1984, last updated in 1997, amended in 1999, 2004 and 2009. The Subarea Plan provides the policy framework for addressing the impacts and opportunities of growth in Bellingham’s Urban Growth Area (UGA) and the adjacent areas. The Plan addresses a number of topics, including plan development, public participation, land use, housing, density, the natural environment, open space, parks and recreation, transportation, utilities and other public services. Plan updates will be made in accordance with the Growth Management Act planning goals, the County-wide Planning Policies, the UGA goals and policies of the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and Bellingham’s Comprehensive Plan.