Clark County traditionally has had three councilors elected to four-year terms. As of Jan. 1, 2016, however, the board will increase to five councilors. While the board is legally responsible for making final decisions on many issues, including the adoption of laws, decisions are based on the advice and input of citizens.
Many of Clark County’s decisions involve extensive citizen participation. For example, if a road needs realignment to deal with traffic and safety concerns, the county seeks citizen input to develop a solution the community supports. Or, if a nuisance ordinance or change in permit fees is being considered, meetings, workshops or open houses typically are scheduled to gather citizen comments that can affect the end product.
Before the councilors make a decision, they consider any public input, whether it was a statement made at a workshop, delivered in writing to the board’s office, or made at a public hearing.
Board hearings, work sessions and Board Time are open to the public. Exceptions are executive sessions to discuss legal actions, wage negotiations and other subjects authorized by law to be kept confidential.
Most board meetings are shown live on Clark-Vancouver Television, CVTV, cable channels 23 and 21. They also are available as streaming video on the councilor's website at www.clark.wa.gov/bocc/hearings/hearings.html.
Councilors: Where and when they meet
The councilors' hearing room is on the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver, WA.
The weekly schedule, including public hearings, is posted in:
- The Sunday Columbian
- The Grid
For more information, you can also call the Board's Office at (360) 397-2232.