Safe Haven

COMPLETED PROJECT: Provide shelter for people experiencing homelessness in a temporary tent encampment at 620 Alabama St. from April 3-July 1, 2019.

Homes Now! will operate a temporary tent encampment, “Safe Haven,” for people experiencing homelessness in the southern portion of the What-Comm parking lot. Safe Haven will provide up to 25 tents for overnight shelter for up to 32 people and amenities such as bathrooms, showers, drinking water, an outdoor kitchen, garbage and recycling containers, and human and social services. The encampment was applied for and will operate under Bellingham Ordinance No. 2018-10-019, which includes regulations for temporary shelters.

February 2019 Notice
Safe Haven FAQ

Sunset Commons

PROPOSED PROJECT: Redevelop vacant Department of Transportation (DOT) site on E. Sunset Drive to housing.

This project began its planning process in 2007.

Public comments on the current application are due January 18, 2019. For more information, or to comment, email Kathy Bell ( or call (360) 778-8347.

January 4, 2019 Notice

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

PROPOSED PROJECT(s): Application to build new, or convert an existing accessory building to a dwelling, or to convert a portion of a single-family home to a separate dwelling.

ADUs are allowed in all residential neighborhoods in Bellingham, as of April 2018.

You may receive a planning notice in the mail if one of your close neighbors has applied for a permit for an ADU on their property. To comment, please follow the instructions at the end of the notice. Comment periods are typically open for 2 weeks from the date of the notice.

Please note: the SNA does not post individual ADU application notices. All current planning notices for the City of Bellingham are available here.

Twin Sisters/Bellingham Beer Garden

COMPLETED PROJECT: Convert warehouse and storage yard on the corner of Grant & Carolina Streets to a brewery and outdoor beer garden.

This location is zoned ‘light industrial.’ As such, no formal planning or public comment period was necessary for this project to be completed since a restaurant is one of the existing allowed uses in a light industrial area.

The light industrial area of Sunnyland is bordered by an area zoned as multi-family that is primarily populated with single-family homes, even though the zoning would allow for more dense housing types such as duplexes, triplexes and small apartment complexes similar to those found in other areas of Sunnyland south of Alabama Street.

The Sunnyland Neighborhood Association hosted a public meeting at Twin Sisters Brewing/Bellingham Beer Garden in September 2018, which included a panel of presenters from the City Planning Department, the Public Works Department, the Bellingham Police Department and the management of Twin Sisters Brewing/Bellingham Beer Garden who answered questions from neighborhood residents. This meeting was facilitated by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

The primary actions that resulted from the September 2018 meeting were traffic and parking revisions near the intersection of Grant and Carolina Streets.

Hope House

COMPLETED PROJECT: Demolish condemned single-family home on the Church of the Assumption property at 207 Kentucky Street and build a new residential-style building to provide charity services.

The reconstruction of Hope House was completed in October 2018, and charitable services to the Bellingham community are once again available from the Kentucky Street location across from the Bellingham High School tennis courts.

For more information and hours of operation, please visit the Hope House website.