County kicks off growth plan update due to state by mid-2016
Oliver Orjiako, Community Planning
Vancouver, WA Clark County Community Planning has started the process of updating the local Comprehensive Growth Management Plan, as required by state law. The new planning period is from 2016 to 2035.
Work so far includes preliminary review of the existing plan in cooperation with local cities and the town of Yacolt. Planning staff also is preparing to request key decisions from the Board of County Commissioners to guide the process to completion by June 30, 2016.
To proceed, county staff needs board approval for:
A proposed public participation plan.
A population projection for 2016-2035.
A proposed scope of work.
The intent is to ensure the county and its cities have enough land included in urban growth areas to accommodate 20 years of population and employment growth, said Community Planning Director Oliver Orjiako.
He said growth-plan counties must choose a population forecast from a range issued by the Washington State Office of Financial Management. The most recent 2035 population projections for Clark County are between approximately 460,000 and 681,000.
At present, the county is planning for a population of approximately 584,000 by 2024, up from about 430,000 today.
Anyone interested in the update can watch for related news and announcements until the process concludes. Email bulletins are available by request for those who contact firstname.lastname@example.org.