Neighborhood Plans updating Process (NPuP)
Neighorhood Plans updating Process. . . includes N.P. Review, Addendums, Updates, Ordinances, and re-zoning.
(See Glossary_of_Terms for further term explainations and definitions.)
 Mission Statement
To review and document, the Neighborhood Plan Updating process. Assist neighborhoods to have a smooth and effective process for managing change in their neighborhood.
 Flowing TODO list
- Ongoing rough list of TODO items talked about during meetings.
 Background information
Introduction of basics and summary of process.
The majority of the City of Bellingham Neighborhood Plans were last updated in 1980. In 1996 after the COB 1995 Comprehensive plan was approved by City Council the planning department began meeting with neighborhoods in order to update their neighborhood plans. In January 2006, the 2005 Comprehensive Plan was approved and the existing Neighborhood Plans as amended were also codified.
Development is effected by many policy layers. Here are just a few: Building Codes, WAC, BMC, GMA, NP, Urban Villages, commerical zones, Planned Urban Development documents, and many others.
 Neighborhood Plan
For specific NP section details, please visit Neighborhood Plan page.
For further NP development and implementation background, please see Neighborhood Plan Kit (DOC) and (PDF) .
- Media:NP - Outline Proposed - Ralph.doc
- Media:NP - Outline Proposed - with Comp plan - Helen.doc
- Media:NP - Outline Proposed - comments - Cathy.doc
Impact of NP 's ?
- Manage Development
- How new development looks, blend into existing neighborhood character?
- Each Neighborhood Plan, contains information and inventory of that neighborhood.
- Developed with the assistance of neighborhood associations, neighborhoods, and various official organizations.
 Comprehensive Plan
- Overview of guidelines which impacts entire City of Bellingham.
- Neighborhood Plans are included as part of the Comprehensive Plan.
- As such, need to be consistant with wording and organization.
 Offices involved
- Office of Planning and Development, needs to be involved with any changes or updates, to assure the following consistancies:
- State, and local regulations.
- Between Updates and amendments of neighborhood plans,.
- Long range planning and approved master planning documents.
 Updating Process
 Neighborhood Planning Kit
 Amendments & Re-zones
- Pre-Application (Planning office)
- City Council review
- Neighborhood Association notification
- Planning Office shapes for codification
- Added to Official record
- etc. . .
(Are created automatically when City Council approves updates or changes.)
 Comp Plan changes
(City Council and COB staff regular review/update, every 5 years or so)
 Neighborhood Boundry definitions/review
- Currently 23 city defined neighborhoods
- Realtors use 37 Neighborhoods?
- Some boundries no longer current..
- UGA areas need naming for the future... and participation in discussions.
 Advisory/Working Group
These neighborhood members have contributed towards the discussion and documentating this process.
(mailing list of current sub-commitee members: ABNNPUP AT YorkNeighborhood DOT org , also available archives of past emails.)
- Tom Scott (York Neighborhood) - TomRScott AT on-sitecomputer DOT com
- Currently: York Board of Directors, York Planning Committee
- Iain Davidson (Whatcom Falls Neighborhood) - iain-aobn AT dystopia DOT org
- Currrently: ABN Tres/Sec/Webmaster, WFNA Tres/Sec/Newsletter, SHNA Webmaster, Forum'06 Taskforce, GP-BCC advisor
- ex-WWU employee of 15 yrs, resident past 38 years, lived in 4 neighborhoods
- (Complete background information available on User:IainDavidson page.)
- Richard Maneval (Alabama Hill Neighborhood) - rjmaneval AT earthlink DOT net
- Currently: ABN rep: Alabama
- (Complete background information available on User:Richard J Maneval page.)
- Helen Jackson (York Neighborhood) - hjaxon817 AT yahoo DOT com
- Currently: York Board of Directors, York Planning Committee
- Retired Planner, recently moved into Bellingham
- Paul Sorensen (Guide Merdian) - sorensen890 AT hotmail DOT com
- Cathy Starr (GM/Cordata) - crstarr AT comcast DOT net
- On-line research on other cities and neighborhood plans & processes.
- Jack Petree, (?) tradewrld at aol.com
- Author of many articles about GMA and development impact to neighborhoods
- Ralph Thacker (Fairhaven Neighborhood) - rwthacker AT fidalgo DOT net
- Currently: ABN President
- FUTURE MEETINGS ARE (To be Announced as needed). And currently in active dicussion over email.
- (was Tuesday's at Noon, Roosevelt Resource Center, w/DaVinci's sandwiches. )
- Complete archive of meeting information is available.
 Glossary of Terms
(Moved to a seperate Glossary of Terms page)
 Staff outreach
- Kathryn Hanowell - (Neighborhood Concerns Office, khanowell AT cob DOT org)
- Nicole Oliver - (Planning Office, NOliver AT cob DOT org)
- Patrica Decker - (Planning Office, PDecker AT cob DOT org )
- Ron Cowan - (rcowan AT bham DOT wednet DOT edu)
 Clarifying points
- Larry & Ron : ". . . there is no legal restriction that school impact fees are limited to the purchase of portable trailers (although it has been a matter of practice) . . ."
- Richard & Cathy: ". . planning manual . . . On page iv. -1, the last paragraph has some potential . . . There are also chapters in that manual pertaining specifically to Citizen Participation in the Planning process.. . "
 References and Resources
- Vancouver, WA - Neighborhood plan kit.pdf (Vancouver, WA sample.pdf (569K))
- (Direct link to Vancouver's WA, website and Neighborhoods)
- A neighborhood planning kit from Vancouver, Washington, WA. Will need to research further to see if a plan was actually produced from it. It is similar to the kit from Oregon. There actually is a suggested template towards the end. Vancouver has a population of 154,000, so it is considerably larger than Bellingham.
- Here is a sample of a plan that followed the kit format. Apparently they have been using this format since the early ‘90s. They range in length from 15 -40+ pages. The most recent one I found was for 2004. Vancouver has about 40 neighborhoods.
- Media:Neighborhood Plan - Lake Oswego.pdf
- model for approaching developing a neighborhood plan, used in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Lake Oswego is outside of Portland, and a small community of only 35,000. It has a City Council and Mayor and 19 Neighborhood associations.
- Bellingham's Neighborhood and Zoning documents,
- Image:City of Bellingham Municipal Code, NP Summary info.doc
- Image:City of Bellingham Municipal Code, D 16.100.060 - School Impact Fee.doc
- Image:Bellingham Sprawl Subsidy v2.doc
- Image:Fodor Development Impact Analysis-Final.pdf (725K )
- Image:School Impact Fees - study.pdf (56K )
- Image:Impact Fees - RCW 82.02.050.doc (25K )
- Image:Five Year UGA plan (final).ppt
- Measure 37 gives landowners the right to file a claim for compensation for the passage or enforcement of any land use regulation that restricts the use of property in a way that reduces its fair market value. When confronted with a project subject to Measure 37, a government agency now has only two choices: 1) compensate the land owner for the de-valuation of their land resulting from the land use regulations; or 2) approve the project as proposed by modifying or removing (e.g., waiving) the offending land use plans or zoning requirements.
- Shoreline Planning Academy Intiative from 1999 (from Matt Torpy of the Shoreline Planning Department ). Accepted all who applied: http://cosweb.ci.shoreline.wa.us/uploads/attachments/011999.pdf
- New Whatcom - Master plan - www.newwhatcom.org