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Bellingham residents asked how city should grow

City Hall would like residents’ input on where and how Bellingham should grow in the next 20 years.

City residents are invited to take a 10-minute survey. Questions include whether Bellingham planners should put more emphasis on apartments and condominiums, rather than single homes,; and whether certain parts of town, including Cordata Parkway, Lakeway Drive and James Street, should be converted into high-density “urban villages.” This type of development, already in place at Fairhaven, the downtown, Samish Way and other areas, is intended to be pedestrian-friendly, and combines commercial and residential development at the same location.

By 2036, the city’s population is expected to increase by 36,000. Bellingham had 82,635 residents in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The survey is at surveymonkey.com/s/BhamCompPlan. Responses will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Oct. 20. Results will be posted later this fall at cob.org/compplan.

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