City planner to discuss downtown development, May 29

Darby Cowles, senior planner with the City of Bellingham, will discuss development plans for downtown Bellingham as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, in Environmental Studies 100 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

In her talk, titled “Community Engagement in the Downtown Plan,” Cowles will highlight a multi-year effort to engage stakeholders in creative and unconventional ways to create a new vision and series of actions to improve Downtown Bellingham. Attendees will learn how early collaboration built a constituency in support of the plan, and will also be given an opportunity to explore how they can initiate and contribute to positive changes to the city, according to a news release.

For more information, contact Huxley College of the Environment at 360-650-2554.

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