2016 Comprehensive plan update ~ Alternatives
The county with the help of a consultant began preparing a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) in compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The SEIS was to address the environmental impacts anticipated under each of the three proposed growth alternatives.
The Board of County Councilors (Board) held a work session on January 21, the purpose of which was an update on the progress of the comprehensive plan and the SEPA process. The Board expressed interest in developing a fourth alternative for the SEPA process, and directed that work on the draft SEIS stop until the alternative is developed.
The Board discussed a fourth alternative at a work session on February 18. Another work session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 at 9:00 a.m. in the 6th floor Hearing Room, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver. Two open houses are planned to review the three alternatives and to present the fourth alternative.
Open Houses dates/times/locations:
- Wednesday, March 25, at Ridgefield High School, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 1, at Hockinson High School, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
A Board hearing is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 10:00 a.m., in the 6th Floor Hearing Room, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver.
The question that will need to be answered is whether or not a full EIS needs to be prepared because of the addition of the fourth alternative.
Once the SEPA document (draft SEIS or draft EIS) is issued, there will be a 30-day comment period and a public hearing scheduled.
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