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Four years after controversy, city seeks to relax ADU rules

Second houses on single-family lots a success, officials say

An aerial view of the residential neighborhood in Happy Valley.
Happy Valley took the lead among Bellingham neighborhoods in permitting detached accessory dwelling units on the same lot as existing single-family homes. The Bellingham City Council legalized ADUs citywide in 2018, and now city leaders seek to relax the rules governing this housing option. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Ralph Schwartz Staff Reporter
People who spoke at a Sept. 22 public hearing gave the Bellingham Planning Commission no reason to a
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