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2016 Comprehensive Growth management Plan update

Common questions

Question markWhat is a comprehensive plan update?

Where will growth occur?

What plans are involved?

How can I get involved?

 

What is a comprehensive plan update?

Comprehensive plans are long-range in nature and serve as policy guides for how a jurisdiction plans to manage growth and development with respect to the natural environment and available resources. Washington State law (36.70A.040 RCW) requires that jurisdictions operating under the Growth Management Act (GMA) develop comprehensive plans and development regulations that are consistent with and implement their respective comprehensive plans (36.70A RCW).

Clark County's comprehensive plan consists of a set of policies and maps meant to accommodate and guide population and employment growth in the unincorporated portion of the county over the next 20 years. The cities and Town of Yacolt each developed and update their own plans separately from, but in coordination with, the county's plan.

State law also requires these plans be updated according to a set schedule. The 2016 update is Clark County's implementation of this state requirement to "review and revise, if needed" the county's plan for growth. For Clark County and the cities and town within it, this update is to be adopted by June, 30 2016 and focus on population and employment growth projected between 2015 and 2035.  The last major update was in 2007.

Less extensive revisions to the comprehensive plan are allowed on an annual basis through the annual review process (when requested by the public or non-county jurisdictions) and through a simultaneous county-initiated docket process.

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Where will growth occur?

Projections from the Washington State Office of Financial Management suggest the county’s future growth rate over the next 20 years (2015-2035) will be slower than the rate seen and planned for in recent decades. The population forecast for 2035 is slightly less than the forecast for 2024, which was the basis for the last major comprehensive plan update adopted in 2007. Because of slower growth and similar growth forecasts for 2024 and 2035, the new plan will have a similar big-picture strategy to the existing plan, and thus extensive changes are not needed.

Most growth is planned to occur in urban areas already characterized by urban development. Despite the slower rate of growth, some important details in the plan will likely change. Which is still unknown, but we are gathering information and will be evaluate options. However, depending on where you live, own property, work or simply enjoy visiting, things that might change could be important to you.

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What plans are involved?

The 2016 update focuses on where population and employment growth should be focused and options for mitigating the impacts of that growth. The update will look at current and future land uses and development density, Urban Growth Area boundaries, capital facility needs, transportation infrastructure and traffic. The update will result in changes to the Clark County 20-year Comprehensive Growth Management Plan, the Comprehensive Plan Land Use map, and Capital Facilities Plan. The 2016 update does not address individual development proposals. See the library for reports and plans that inform or are part of the Comprehensive Plan.

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How can I get involved?

Your input will help the Board of County Commissioners reach its final decision about how best to update the plan. This web site and many steps along the way, are designed to help you understand the options called 'alternatives' that will be under consideration.

This web site will help you to voice your opinions about the alternatives and how they could be shaped into a preferred plan for the Board of County Commissioners consideration in 2016. We hope to hear from you soon, but please feel free to use the information on these pages to familiarize yourself with the project. See the 'get involved' page on how to become part of the process.  Also watch the comprehensive plan update 'meetings' page for meeting information.

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