Bellingham wins governor's Smart Vision award for downtown plan

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Bellingham is the recipient of the Governor’s 2015 Smart Vision Award for its comprehensive planning work for the Downtown Bellingham Plan.

Judges said the Downtown Bellingham Plan was the broadest, most inclusive look at downtown issues they had seen, according to a press release from the city.

The 52-page plan for downtown went into effect on September 22, 2014.

The award will be presented on June 26, 2015 at the Association of Washington Cities annual conference in Wenatchee.

The Governor’s Smart Community Award program recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth, planning and projects that contribute to quality of life in Washington. The program is in it’s 10th year.

The cities of Tukwila and Tacoma were also recognized for their work this year.

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