2016 Comprehensive Growth Management Plan update
Alternatives are being developed that represent the range of options that will be considered for distribution of population, employment and development in the county from 2015 to 2035.
Impacts of these alternatives will be studied and compared during the environmental review process required under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Clark County will seek public input on the scope of the environmental impact statement (EIS). The scope is the range and types of issues to be studied for the EIS.
Clark County and four local cities are hosting a series of August 2014 open houses to provide the public with opportunities to comment on the scope of the three suggested land use and growth alternatives to study under SEPA. Residents can learn about the three suggested alternatives and comment on them during four open houses.
Upcoming Scoping Open Houses:
- Tuesday, Aug. 19 @ 7-8:30 p.m., Fort Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver
- Wednesday, Aug. 20 @ 7-8:30 p.m., Lacamas Lake Lodge, 227 NE Lake Rd., Camas
- Wednesday, Aug. 27 @ 7-8:30 p.m., Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N .Main Ave., Ridgefield
- Thursday, Aug. 28 @ 7-8:30 p.m., Battle Ground Community Center, 9123 E. Main St., Battle Ground
2016 Comprehensive Plan update SEPA process
Because growth in Clark County had lagged since the growth plan was last updated in 2007, the county intends to rely on the final environmental impact statement written for that update. However, the county will supplement that final EIS with new environmental analysis, as needed.
When the EIS of the newest suggested alternatives is completed, it will be sent to the Board of Clark County Commissioners, which will select one alternative in spring 2015. The chosen alternative then will undergo an even deeper analysis, which will result in a final environmental impact statement.
What is SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act)?
SEPA, enacted in 1984, requires local jurisdictions to evaluate potential environmental impacts of actions they approve or undertake. The most common evaluation looks at potential environmental impacts of a proposed project, such as a big box store, or a large non-project action, such as adoption of a new urban growth boundary. A SEPA checklist prescribes elements to be evaluated, and the completed checklist is shared with federal, state and local agencies, tribes, neighborhood organizations and interested residents. People can comment on the alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts or other relevant topics.