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Sustainable Affordable Residential Development

This project was completed on June 30, 2009. The Board of County Commissioners indicated at a May 20, 2009 work session that any code changes should be folded in with proposed changes to the county’s development code, Title 40. 

Additional work is being undertaken with a grant from the Washington Department of Ecology to expand the look at barrier removal county-wide. For more information on that effort visit the project webpage or contact Pete Dubois, Clark County Environmental Services, at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4961, or

Project summary

The interest and need is increasing for projects that meet sustainability goals such as increased water efficiency, use of renewable energy, and less toxic alternatives to conventional building materials.  One of the challenges to building sustainable, affordable residential projects is the current regulatory process. As a first step toward encouraging and facilitating such projects, Vancouver and Clark County have evaluated their building, land use, and development codes to identify regulatory and institutional barriers. The work was funded by a grant from the Washington Department of Commerce (formerly Community, Trade, and Economic Development). The Cascadia Region Green Building Council was the consultant on the project.

In the first phase of the project, barriers to sustainable development were identified.  In the second phase of the project, short-term and long-term recommendations were developed on which barriers to remove. The results of both phases can be found in reports available at, as well as information on the potential costs and benefits of barrier removal.  

Project contact
Gordy Euler
(360) 397-2280 ext. 4968


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