The Sunnyland Neighborhood Association has been in operation as the City of Bellingham's official neighborhood association for at least 25 years. Its leadership, board, membership and mission has changed over time, as has the City's definition of the role of the neighborhood associations within the larger structure of the City itself. The current board has been in place since the summer of 2016.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the objective of the SNA?
The SNA is organized to support quality of life, community preservation and enhancement, citizen involvement in civic affairs for residents, businesses, organizations and institutions within the Sunnyland neighborhood.
Who can be a member of the SNA?
Anyone 18 years or older who lives, owns property, operates a business or represents an organization (church, school etc.) within the neighborhood.
What are some of the ways that members can participate in the SNA?
Join us at one of the quarterly membership meetings or social events. Follow the SNA on social media to get meeting notices and information. Volunteer to become a board member (or nominate/encourage someone else to be a board member.) Contact the board to request a particular discussion topic/ speaker at a general membership meeting at sunnylandneighbors (at) gmail (dot) com.
Does it cost money to be a member?
No. Donations, however, are accepted to support costs such as rent for meeting spaces, printing, website fees, etc.
What is the purpose of the SNA Board and how does one become a board member?
The board conducts the business of the neighborhood association, which is a Washington State non-profit, and plans and organizes the quarterly membership meetings. Nominations and voting on board members occurs at the general membership meeting in February each year. The SNA strives for representation of the neighborhood’s geography as well as both resident and business representatives. The by-laws are available here.
Does the SNA recommend specific action to the city and the mayor?
The SNA acts primarily as a conduit for information and as a resource to foster participation in public input processes related to development, codes and other issues which impact the quality of life in the neighborhood.
The board and the SNA do not typically take positions on a specific issue. A representative from the SNA is nominated by the Mayor to sit on the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Council (MNAC). The MNAC provides a venue to share the concerns and interests of each neighborhood with the mayor and city administration.
Where and when are membership meetings typically held?
The meeting schedule is set annually by the board, and historically falls on the second Tuesday in February, May, August and November from 6-8pm. PLEASE check the Facebook page or the website to verify times and locations. Room/speaker availability sometimes affects this schedule.
Meeting agendas typically include an invited speaker, updates from the neighborhood police officer, announcements about upcoming SNA events and public comments/announcements from attendees.
The February, May and November membership meetings are held at Options High School (2015 Franklin St.) unless otherwise noted. The August membership meeting is generally scheduled to coincide with the annual picnic at Sunnyland Park (near Humboldt and Texas.)