The City of Bellingham, as part of a long term plan for encouraging higher density development in targeted areas, rezoned a stretch of existing highway near Samish Way off of Interstate 5 through North Bellingham. The City’s Planning Department chose Masterplanning to create an Urban Village Master Plan for the redevelopment.
We began the process by hosting public design charrettes with stakeholders to implement design standards for the village. The redevelopment was to be mixed use commercial and residential, with a primary goal of making the Samish Way Urban Village pedestrian friendly. As everyone’s goals and concerns were presented at the beginning of the process, the group was able to come together to brainstorm the best overall design to meet the joint needs and achieve the joint goals. The planning documents can be found at the City of Bellingham’s Planning Department, here.