Clark County will help you find the right commercial or industrial site for your business along the lower 14 miles of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad. The county works collaboratively with several agencies, including the Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Port of Vancouver.
Information on how to contact various Clark County officials on economic development matters is available on this Clark County Council webpage.
Clark County offers excellent schools, a solid transportation system, a skilled workforce, affordable housing and an overall high quality of life, with numerous parks and renowned outdoor recreation, that make the county a great place to start a business and raise a family.
Columbia River Economic Development Council has developed a 17-page handout (PDF) about the benefits of starting and growing a business here that covers everything from tax and utility costs to schools and workforce development.
Senate Bill 5517
During the 2017 Legislature, lawmakers amended the Growth Management Act (ESB 5517) to permit freight rail-dependent uses on parcels adjacent to the railroad. This change in state law, if adopted by the Board of County Councilors, would allow rail-dependent uses on rural, agriculture and forest-zoned properties.
For more information, visit Clark County Community Planning's Freight Rail Dependent Uses webpage and watch this CVTV video from December 2017.
Looking for a location?
You can search for industrial and commercially zoned properties along the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad by using Clark County's geographic information systems. You also can use the Property Information Center to learn about assessed value, taxes and other information about a specific parcel.
For more Information about industrial sites in Clark County and their readiness for development, read about the Columbia River Economic Development Council's Lands for Jobs project.
Clark County Code has a section, 40.250.070 Railroad Overlay District, for developing property with rail access.
The Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad operates the line and can assist with business development. Please contact:
Eric Temple, President
Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad
14205 SE 36th St., Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98006
Clark County is strategically situated along Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad connects with the BNSF Railway and other rail operators. Portland International Airport is only 20 minutes from the Port of Vancouver and the start of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.
- Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council
- Clark County Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program
- Washington State Department of Transportation, Southwest Washington Projects
Education Service District 112 provides links to all nine public school districts serving portions of the county.
Parks and recreation
Clark County has an abundance of parks and other recreation opportunities. Check out this map with links to county, city, state and federal parks, trails and wildlife refuges. Clark County's Legacy Lands Program protects high-value lands for wildlife habitat, scenic corridors, low-impact recreation and other qualities that enhance the local environment.
Want to learn more about the people who make Clark County a great place to live and work? The following provide links to demographic information about the county.