Freight Rail Dependent Uses
Clark County is starting work to implement new provisions of the state Growth Management Act, GMA, that allow development along the county-owned Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.
During the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers amended the act (ESB 5517) to permit freight rail-dependent uses on parcels adjacent to the railroad. If adopted by the Board of County Councilors, such uses would be allowed in rural, agriculture and forest-zoned lands.
The county is implementing the bill in two phases.
Phase I (completed):
- Amend its Comprehensive Plan’s Land Use, Rural and Resource, and Transportation Element with policies to allow freight rail-dependent uses.
- Define certain areas where such uses would be allowed.
Phase II (2018):
- Develop a list of potential freight rail-dependent uses.
- Potential uses could be similar to those allowed in Railroad Industrial District (IR) and/or the Light Industrial District (IL)
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Feb. 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. - County Council Work Session in 6th floor training room - Public Service Center
County Council will hold a work session to begin discussion of Phase II (Development Code) of the implementation of Freight Rail Dependent Uses.
Jan. 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. - County Council Hearing
BOCC Alternative to Exhibit 2 (Planning Commission Recommendation - Proposed comprehensive plan policy amendments to Implement ESB 5517)
County council hearings are located in the 6th floor hearing room of the Public Service Center at 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver. The hearings begin at 10:00 a.m. and can be viewed on CVTV Channel 23.
Anyone wishing to give testimony in person regarding this matter should appear at the time and place stated above. Anyone wishing to provide testimony by a written statement may do so by mailing Rebecca Tilton at P.O Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666, or via e-mail to Rebecca.Tilton@clark.wa.gov.
County council hearings can be viewed on CVTV Channel 23.
Dec. 6, 2017 - County Council Work Session
Nov. 16, 2017 - Planning Commission Hearing
Nov. 13, 2017- Railroad Advisory Board Subcommittee Meeting
Nov. 8, 2017 - Open House and Public Meeting with County Council
Oct. 23, 2017- Railroad Advisory Board Subcommittee
County council hearings begin at 10:00 a.m. and can be viewed on CVTV Channel 23. For more information and a direct link to the hearing materials visit the Council's meeting page. Hearings can be viewed on CVTV Channel 23.
Jose Alvarez, Planner III
360-397-2280 ext. 4898