Citizens input needed to outline vision

Decades ago, when Camas was still considered by many to be a small, sleepy mill town, local community leaders had a vision.

Since that time, new industries have made their way into the landscape, and along with them new homes, neighborhoods, schools, roads and other infrastructure, parks and trails, and businesses of all varieties.

Today, Camas has transformed into the kind of city that recently earned the designation by Family Circle magazine as one of the “10 Best Towns for Families” in the United States. The publication highlights the area’s attributes including hiking, the Columbia River Gorge and Camas Days. Also mentioned are the top-rated Camas School District, and the efforts of non-profit organizations including the Camas Educational Foundation and Camas-Washougal Community Chest.

With future growth now planned primarily on the city’s west side and north of Lacamas Lake, Camas is once again at a pivotal time in its development.

Last week, the City of Camas launched the community visioning phase of its 2016 comprehensive plan update, a document that will serve as a road map to guide future development. The first step in the outreach process is a survey, currently available at www.camas2035.com. Consisting of 10 questions, it focuses on finding out what residents value in the community today, and what they hope to see in the future. Other opportunities for public input are also being planned.

During the next 20 years, Camas will continue to grow and change. Those are simply facts. As the city’s leaders create a comprehensive growth plan Camas citizens have a truly unique opportunity to have a input into what the city will look like in the years to come.