City starts urban village planning for Fairhaven

The city of Bellingham is launching a series of public meetings in May and June to get public feedback and share information about an urban village planned for the Fairhaven Neighborhood.

“These public meetings are designed to gain insight and clarification from all Fairhaven stakeholders and interested community members regarding the development of a Fairhaven Neighborhood and urban village plan,” Jeff Thomas, Planning & Community Development director, said in a press release.

City staff from multiple departments will attend the meetings. Content from the sessions will be used by staff and consultants to create complete planning documents that will be reviewed at later public meetings. The current project timeline anticipates submitting the plan and regulations for legislative review by January 2012.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

• Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Middle School: Topics include a review of the project scope, approach and resources; identification of boundaries, planning framework and regulatory structure, and key elements of the planning effort.

• Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Middle School: Topics include parks, trails and the natural environment.

• Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Middle School: Topics will include a Fairhaven design review district and historic resources.

• Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Library Auditorium: Topics will include urban village core regulations, current regulations and special conditions, height, bulk, parking, transportation, streetscape and design review.

• Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Library Auditorium: This will be the second meeting on urban village core regulations, including current regulations and area special conditions, height, bulk, parking, transportation, streetscape and design review.

All meeting materials will be posted in advance on the project website, www.cob.org/fairhaven, and comments and feedback will be posted within seven days following each meeting.

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