The SNA Board of Directors has several ongoing activities as the group reacts to city actions and proposals or input from Samish neighborhood residents. Various members who have particular interests may – upon board approval – provide leadership in focused areas. You can identify the boards engagement with an issue through the following tabs: pending, continuing or completed.

City Council Issues for 2019

Coming before Bellingham city council in 2019 are two issues that may have profound effects on neighborhood zoning and livability.  The Samish Neighborhood may be extensively affected given its large tracts of undeveloped land for housing.  The council will be reviewing Housing Infill provisions in the Bellingham Municipal Code.  This involves increasing density by the use of housing forms (town houses, carriage houses, duplexes, triplexes, etc.) that are not now permitted in single family zoned areas.  The council will also review what is known as the “rule of three” which limits the number of unrelated occupants in single dwelling units.  Units with more than three unrelated occupants are known as “illegal rooming houses”. This is based on the city’s definition of family (20.08.020 Specific definitions.) which is legal but contested.  You can keep informed by regularly checking the city council meeting site

Mitigation of Speeding on 40th St. (between Samish Crest Dr. and Elwood Ave.)

A group of concerned Samish neighbors has connected via to meet periodically to discuss serious traffic safety concerns related to speeding vehicles and stop-sign runners on a hilly section of 40th St.  The focus has been primarily on what types of tangible mitigation measures might be suggested in writing to the COB Public Works department - to try to mitigate these unsafe and illegal behaviors before a serious accident occurs.

Once this group has agreed on a few specific and feasible suggestions for presentation to the COB Public Works team, this group will schedule a face-to-face meeting between a few of these neighbors and the appropriate city staff.  If others would like to demonstrate their concerns and join in this grass-roots effort, please contact Tom Dohman (  509-308-0370).

Planning for Annual SNA Events

1. Annually create a Plan & Agenda for the SNA General Meeting in mid-March at the Elks Club.

2. Annually create a Plan & Date for a Summertime SNA Event – typically a Picnic BBQ at Lake Padden or perhaps a future shift to a simpler event, e.g. an Ice Cream Social.