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County to consider parking, speed limits changes
The Board of County Councilors will hold public hearings at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, to hear public testimony and consider approving proposed changes to speed limits and proposed establishment of no-parking zones.
County traffic engineers are recommending these changes primarily to improve safety. Public Works also has received comments from residents, neighborhood associations, businesses and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
No parking zones or other parking changes would affect six streets. Speed limits would be reduced on six streets and increased on one street.
The Board of County Councilors reviewed the proposed changes during a March 8 work session and agreed to proceed with the March 28 hearings in the sixth-floor hearings room at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.
- PowerPoint presentation from March 28 work session (PDF)
- Maps showing proposed parking changes (PDF)
- Maps showing proposed speed limit changes (PDF)
County to collect parking fees at four parks starting April 3
Clark County will resume collecting daily parking fees at four of the county’s largest regional parks starting Monday, April 3.
Parking fees will be $2 for motorcycles, $3 for cars, $6 for cars with trailers and $8 for buses or motor homes.
Parking fees were eliminated in 2013. Last year, the Board of County Councilors agreed to resume fee collection to provide more sustainable parks funding and reduce vandalism and other illegal activities.
Daily parking fees will be collected at fee booths, typically from May 1 through Sept. 30, and during busy off-season events. Fee booth attendants will accept cash, debit cards, Visa and MasterCard. No checks or Discover or American Express cards will be accepted.
When fee booths are not staffed, park users will need to use self-pay stations. Only cash will be accepted at self-pay stations.
Frequent users of these four parks should consider buying an annual parking pass for $30.
For more information, including locations to purchase annual passes, go to the parking fees webpage.
Fees increase to reserve picnic shelters at regional parks
With the start of March, reservation fees have increased by $25 for most picnic shelters at five regional parks: Capt. William Clark, Frenchman’s Bar, Lewisville, Salmon Creek/Klineline Pond and Vancouver Lake.
Fees increased by $50 for shelters seating more than 100 people at Frenchman’s Bar, Lewisville and Vancouver Lake regional parks.
For more information, go to the picnic shelters page.
New tree planting program needs volunteers
Clark County is partnering with Friends of Trees to plant 500 street trees during the next three years in the North Salmon Creek, Felida and West Hazel Dell neighborhoods.
A grant from the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board will allow neighbors to purchase low-cost trees and receive help planting them at neighborhood planting events. Volunteers are needed for this fun and important project, with the first planting set for early April 2017.
More information is available on the Urban Tree Canopy Restoration Project page.
Public Works response to heavy snow, post-storm cleanup
This CVTV video discusses how Clark County Public Works rose to the challenge during major winter storm in January and how post-storm cleanup and repairs continued long after the snow had melted.
Preliminary flood maps available for Washougal area
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued preliminary maps showing revisions to the 100-year floodplain, which has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year.
The preliminary flood insurance rate maps cover properties along the Washougal River, along the Little Washougal River and behind the Port of Camas-Washougal’s levee on the Columbia River.
A 90-day appeal period ended on Dec. 6, 2016. FEMA will work to resolve any appeals and plans to issue a "Letter of Final Determination" in April 2017. If FEMA remains on schedule, the maps will become effective in October 2017.
Please remember that these are preliminary maps for only a fraction of Clark County. Revised flood insurance rate maps for the rest of the county took effect on September 5, 2012, and are available by clicking on Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
New dog park coming to property off NE 192nd Avenue
Dog lovers have an opportunity to help create a new off-leash area where their four-legged friends can run and play in east Vancouver.
On March 29, 2016, the Board of County Councilors unanimously approved an agreement with Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington (DOGPAW) to develop a dog park on a county-owned parcel at Northeast 192nd Avenue and Northeast Ninth Street. The 10.8-acre property is west of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington and south of the Harmony Sports Complex.
DOGPAW will be responsible for developing the site with fencing, a double-gated entry and other amenities, as well as providing ongoing maintenance of the site.
DOGPAW does not have a firm timeline for making the necessary improvements and opening the area for public use. The group is accepting contributions to defray costs. Donations can be made by contacting Mark Watson at (360) 896-4341 or email@example.com.
- March 29, 2016, news release
- Board of County Councilors staff report (PDF)
- Off-leash areas in Clark County
For more information on plans for the new dog park, watch this May 2016 CVTV video:
Dogs and Clean Water
Clark County is home to more than 100,000 dogs. Read about Canines for Clean Water and how you can help keep dog waste out of creeks, rivers and groundwater.
Park Impact Fees
Track fund balances (PDF) for park impact fees, the county's primary revenue source for building parks, and review a map showing park impact fee districts (PDF).
Updated Stormwater Rules
Revisions to Clark County's Stormwater Manual and county code took effect on January 8, 2016. Errata changes take effect December 2, 2016.
Learn about the ongoing cleanup at the former U.S. Army base north of Camas.