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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Getting foot-friendly in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM

Take a walk.

That's center activity that town officials will be urging residents to consider as they gather tomorrow night to talk about rezoning the town's busiest areas.

The workshop, for public officials only set for 7:30 p.m. in town hall, will focus on mixed-use development on Pulaski Boulevard and in the town center, aiming to blend businesses and residences. The public will be invited to a Jan. 31 forum addressing the same areas.

"Mixed use zoning is intended to bring more pedestrian activity into an area, enhance economic vitality and promote more efficient use of land and resources by allowing residential units to share a building or site with offices, retail and/or restaurants," Bellingham town planner Stacy Wetstein wrote in the meeting invitation.

The workshop will include discussion of the desired appearance of the two areas of town, boundaries of the proposed new zoning, consideration of the allowed density and ideas for parking. The town received a $29,000 smart growth grant from the state to develop a plan for future growth of the two sites.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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