The City of Bellingham is in the process of updating the city's Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance.  The Planning Commission (PC) is holding a Public Hearing on January 25 to hear public testimony.  The PC will also consider written comments received prior to January 17.

Following the Public Hearing, the PC will make a recommendation to City Council.  One of the major changes is a proposal to legalize Detached ADUs (DADUs) in all single-family zoned areas citywide.  Currently, DADUs are not allowed in single-family neighborhoods.

For a variety of reasons, the Bellingham Neighborhood Coalition (BNC) opposes the PC's proposal to legalize DADUs in single-family zones citywide.

If you also oppose this proposal and would like to express your opposition, BNC has created a letter that members of the community can 'sign' by adding your name to the letter.  BNC used this method for a different issue last year and submitted a letter signed by 300 members of the community.  This letter was referred to several times by members of City Council and was very effective.

The COMMUNITY ADU LETTER, which lists six CONCERNS and six RECOMMENDATIONS on a single page, can be viewed here.

To add your name to the Community ADU Letter, visit the very brief SIGNER FORM at this link.

BNC will be submitting its own, more detailed, letter in addition to the Community Letter.  This longer letter provides extensive background to support the concerns listed in the Community Letter.

The BNC ADU LETTER can be viewed here.

Thank you for participating in the process to update the ADU Ordinance and for Keeping Bellingham Livable!