Chapter 2.55


2.55.010    Created – Membership.

2.55.020    Composition.

2.55.030    Organization – Meetings – Rules.

2.55.040    Powers and duties.

2.55.010 Created – Membership.

There is created a design review board with members appointed and serving in accordance with Bellingham City Charter Section 7.01. The board shall have the duties and responsibilities set forth in this chapter and such other duties as are set by city ordinance. [Ord. 2006-06-061].

2.55.020 Composition.

A. The board shall consist of five members, all of whom shall serve without compensation. No member of the board shall be an elected city official or a city employee. The members shall be appointed by the mayor and such appointment shall be confirmed by the city council. Of the members first appointed, one shall be appointed for one year, two shall be appointed for two years, one shall be appointed for three years, one shall be appointed for four years. Thereafter, the term of office shall be four years for all members. Board members may be reappointed.

B. Members of the design review board shall include design professionals, building/construction experts, or other individuals capable of reading and understanding architectural plans and knowledgeable in matters of building and design. At least three members shall be professionals from architecture, landscape architecture, urban design/planning, or similar disciplines. At least one member shall represent the community at large and not be from the above listed professions. In place of the requirements in BMC 3.08.010, preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the city, but residency is not required.

C. Members may be removed by the mayor, subject to approval by a two-thirds majority vote of the city council for failure to regularly attend meetings, misconduct in office or such causes as he or she shall deem sufficient. The board shall recommend removal if the absences have negatively affected the board’s abilities to perform its duties. The recommendation will be forwarded to city council. Members finding themselves unable to attend regular meetings are expected to tender their resignations. [Ord. 2018-03-006 § 9; Ord. 2006-06-061].

2.55.030 Organization – Meetings – Rules.

A. The design review board may make rules and regulations to carry out its responsibilities. Such rules or regulations shall be consistent with all city ordinances and other laws and statutes.

B. The design review board shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson from its members.

C. The presence of a majority of the members shall constitute a quorum; provided, that at least two of the members present shall be professionals from architecture, landscape architecture, urban design/planning, or similar disciplines.

D. Decisions of the board shall require the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the members present, provided (1) there is a quorum, without which the meeting shall not proceed, and (2) there is a quorum at the time the decision is made. [Ord. 2006-06-061].

2.55.040 Powers and duties.

The design review board shall have the responsibilities designated in the Bellingham Municipal Code. In addition, the design review board shall perform such advisory functions related to design issues as designated by the mayor or city council. [Ord. 2006-06-061].