The joint objective was to preserve the rich historical value of the region while meeting modern needs for both public and commercial use. The site plan was developed in conjunction with the City of Blaine, WA, the City of White Rock, BC, the Semiahmoo First Nations, Native Tribes from NW Washington and the Trillium Corporation. The overall concept development plan integrated over 8 miles of waterfront, including downtown historic Blaine, a marine discovery center, Drayton Harbor Marina, a White Rock/Blaine Ferry connection, the Semi-ah-moo resort, a Native American Heritage Center, two golf courses, a Semiahmoo First Nations Park, Peace Arch Park at the US/Canada Blaine Border Crossing, important shellfish harvesting areas, the California Creek Estuary, an Agricultural Heritage Center and a Forestry Center.]]>
The NW Chapter of the American Institute of Architects sponsored a three day master design charrette with expert volunteers in planning, transportation, economics and architecture. After meeting with numerous City of Stanwood stakeholders, the resulting plan was presented to the community to unanimous praise, from this source you’ll find tools and contacts.
Masterplanning and Christensen Design Management built the masterplans for the Phase One redevelopment, illustrated as follows:
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.]]>
The Blaine Wharf District Master Plan is the City’s and Port’s coordinated strategy for the future of the waterfront. It establishes public policy and development standards for all new public and private development in the Wharf District that will create a lively mixed use district for living, working, and playing. This Plan, in conjunction with development regulations set forth in the City of Blaine’s Land Use Regulatory Code, will guide development in the Wharf District as it becomes a gateway to and from downtown. It envisions a mixed use district attuned to the intrinsic qualities of its water setting that compliments the Central Business (CB)-Market District.
The Wharf District Master Plan focuses on individual policies, projects and regulations to realize the Wharf District’s potential as an attractive setting for maritime industry, civic redevelopment, and water-oriented recreation. Taken together, the total impact of these efforts will be much more than the sum of the individual actions themselves. They will create a waterfront that:
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The Blaine Wharf District contains approximately 2 miles of continuous shoreline off Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor and is adjacent to the City of Blaine’s downtown core and Central Business and Market District. The Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way separates the upland downtown area from the harbor area. The Wharf District is bounded on the east by the BNSF main line railroad tracks, and wraps around the Blaine Harbor Marina’s breakwater on the south to Fisherman’s Pier on the northwest, and continues around to a northeast point of land near Marine Drive back at the railroad tracks. Marine Drive is the main arterial to the Wharf District and separates Port property to the south, and the City-owned property to the north of Marine Drive.
Within these policies and guidelines, the Blaine Wharf District Master Plan promotes public access and the enjoyment of the shoreline. The key for success, however, lies not only in public access to the waterfront, but also in providing a strong connection from the waterfront to the City’s downtown core and beyond. The six major goals that direct this plan are:
In all, the Blaine Wharf District Masterplan is made up of seven planning areas, as follows:
For details on each planning area and to read the entire plan, click here for the final draft that was adopted by the City of Blaine and the Port of Bellingham.
What do you get when you mix a Brownfield with waterfront property in Northwest Washington? A lot of potential with a lot of work to realize that potential. Brownfield sites are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities available for re-use. Waterfront property anywhere in Washington is expensive, and not easy for the public to acquire in the current economy. Brownfield sites often require substantial cleanup of pollutants left over from former industrial use. In the case of Bellingham Bay, Georgia Pacific sold 137 acres of waterfront property (valued at US$37 million) to the Port of Bellingham for $10 in exchange for assuming responsibility for the environmental cleanup of the property.
The city and port have entered into a partnership to jointly clean up and redevelop the property, which is to be branded “The Waterfront District.” A general plan for the city’s waterfront was developed several years ago by the Waterfront Futures Group, and the new Waterfront Advisory Group has been convening to develop a more detailed plan focused on this particular site.
The Cornwall Beach (Area 10) Masterplan designed by Christensen Design Management is the redevelopment of 18 of those acres, including integration of Public Parks, Department of Natural Resources Land, and pedestrian connectivity to existing trails. The masterplan includes habitat and shoreline restoration and uses Native American Tribal design concepts. It also includes 160,000 sf of mixed use commercial development.]]>