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20.37.310 Fairhaven urban village – Establishment of boundaries and land use areas.
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A. The boundaries of the Fairhaven urban village and associated land use areas are hereby delineated as shown in Figure 20.37.310.

B. The Fairhaven urban village is divided into various residential, commercial, industrial, and public land use areas. The purpose of these areas is to establish goals, policies, zoning and development regulations that require development to respond to desired intensity, physical and aesthetic characteristics, and neighborhood scale in each area. These areas are intended to ensure development is appropriately scaled and designed, and to encourage uses that are compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods. Applicable development regulations are outlined in BMC 20.37.300 through 20.37.370.

1. Commercial Core (CC). The commercial core area is intended to be the densest area within the urban village with the highest concentration of employment and housing. This area has direct access to transit and a wide range of supportive land uses such as retail, office, recreation, public facilities, parks and open space. Emphasis in this area is on the pedestrian environment, the preservation of historic buildings, and the compatibility of new development. Ground floor commercial may be required in certain locations as shown in Chapter 3, Section (B)(2)(b) of the Fairhaven design standards contained in Chapter 20.25 BMC.

2. Residential Transition (RT). Residential transition areas are adjacent to single-family neighborhoods. A mix of residential housing types is encouraged to support the abutting commercial area and provide housing choices for people of various incomes and ages. Some areas may allow specific nonresidential uses in addition to the standard range of residential uses. These uses are allowed on a limited basis to provide flexibility without having to create a new land use area for minor differences in land use, to provide a smoother transition from a commercial use to a single-family area, or when incentives are needed (such as to preserve historic housing stock).

3. Industrial (I). Industrial areas are intended to provide for a range of potential uses from “light” industrial uses like research and development to water related industrial uses to “heavy” industrial uses such as intensive warehousing, manufacturing, fabrication, assembly and distribution of goods. Some commercial uses are allowed in certain areas to allow more flexibility.

4. Public (P). Public areas apply to major parcels of land that are owned or leased by public agencies such as city, county and state governments and the Port of Bellingham. Certain public uses may be located in other zoning areas as prescribed in the land use and development code.

Figure 20.37.310 – Fairhaven Urban Village and Area Boundaries Map

[Ord. 2012-08-041 § 13 (Exh. G)].

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