The Bellingham Comprehensive Plan
is the community's vision and roadmap for future growth and development. Fulfilling the Growth Management Act's requirement for a mandatory periodic update, the 2016 Comprehensive plan includes a future land use map, 20-year capital facilities plan and goals and policies for eight elements: land use; community design; housing; multimodal transportation; economic development; the environment; parks, recreation and open space; and capital facilities and utilities. It guides decision-making by elected officials and City staff and establishes the basis for the City's zoning and development regulations.
The Growth Management Act (GMA) limits amendments to the comprehensive plan, which includes neighborhood plans, to once a year. All amendment requests must be submitted to the Planning Department by
April 1st of each year so that they can be considered for the annual docket.