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Strategic Planning Charrette

Strategic Planning Charrette

Client: Bellingham Community Boating Center

Case Study: Bellingham’s Community Boating Center sought to scope ideas for improving access and services on their waterfront-based location. The purpose of the charrette was to gather input and scope ideas for improving hand-launched vessel access to and from the boating center and Bellingham Bay. Peak worked with the CBC to provide maps, documentation ahead of the meeting, and publicity. We compiled input collected from all public input for the CBC. The charrette invited users of the facility to outline current challenges, identify service and facility needs, and consider additional factors which assist in planning for the future of the Community Boating Center.

Impact: This stakeholder engagement technique called a charrette solicited valuable input from users of the facility or services. This input informed the Boating Center’s strategic plan for the next five to ten years setting in motion enhanced access to Bellingham’s and Fairhaven’s busy waterfront. We gathered information on current challenges, identified service and facility needs, and considered additional factors to inform decisions and plans for the future.

“The charrette and visioning session Peak facilitated with the Community Boating Center was a significant catalyst for the support recently secured for the new Fairhaven Small Watercraft Launch and Dock with funds from the Port of Bellingham and ALEA grant. The Peak team did a great job of organizing the event and collecting valuable input from our community.” Steve Walker, Former Director, Bellingham Community Boating Center

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