City launches website to collect ideas and feedback about the future

The City of Bellingham launched a new website where residents can share ideas and opinions about the future of the city.

The website, Engage Bellingham, currently has two questions on its homepage: What are you most concerned about as the city grows, and what can we do to create a more sustainable community as we grow?

The discussion will branch off from there based on input, according to a press release from the city.

For the next several months, the website’s questions will focus on the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update, which the city must adopt by June 30, 2016 to ensure compliance with the state’s Growth Management Act.

Feedback from the site will be used by Mayor Kelli Linville, Bellingham City Council members and Planning and Community Development Department staff. In the future, the city will likely use the site to ask questions about a variety of city projects, including planning, parks and public works.

“The city has robust outreach to the community in the form of public meetings and open houses, and this is another communications tool that the city can use to reach out and engage the public,” the city’s communications director Vanessa Blackburn said in the news release.

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