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Over 400 people attended an Open House at the Granary Building this week to learn about proposed changes to the Waterfront District Master Plan. The presentation boards from the event are now available online.
The Port and City of Bellingham approved a Master Plan for the Waterfront District in 2013 which established the location of future roads, parks and view corridors, but anticipated changes as development progressed. The Port Commission is evaluating two new options for improving public access through the downtown waterfront and would like to hear from the community before making a decision. A brochure has been developed detailing the differences between these two options.
The Open House was part of a series of public outreach events to inform the community about proposed changes to the Waterfront District Master Plan. The Port Commission is also encouraging community input at upcoming Commission meeting on February 6. Commission meetings are held in the Harbor Center Conference Room, 1801 Roeder Avenue with regularly scheduled public comment periods at 4:30 and 5:30 pm. Written comments can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can take a online survey to provide your thoughts.
The Port Commission intends to choose a preferred park and road layout for the Waterfront District at its February 6 meeting and then submit this proposed Master Plan change to the City of Bellingham as part of a Sub-Area Plan Amendment application. The City’s Sub-Area Plan Amendment application is due on April 1, 2018 and the review process is anticipated to take up to year.