In Camas, Washougal and Clark County overall, growth is happening.
One need only drive down the west slope of Prune Hill and glance to the north at the number of bare hillside lots ready for construction, to see that many new homes will soon be built for new families moving in.
But in case you haven’t witnessed that stark scene in west Camas or in other locations in the community, a story published in The Columbian last week provided some new details of local growth.
In the story it was reported that in November Clark County saw an increase of 37 percent over the previous November, in the number of drivers trading in out-of-town driver’s licenses. Furthermore, from January through November of this year 13,323 new residents had exchanged out-of-town driver’s licenses in Clark County, an increase of 11.5 percent over the same period in 2012.
The reasons for the current growth spike are, not surprisingly, many of the same reasons that prompted Camas, Washougal and Clark County to see big waves of residential growth throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Low property taxes, no state income tax and good schools compared to Portland Public Schools, were usually the big three sales pitches. And for many years in Camas and more recently Washougal, a low crime rate and access to recreational outlets have been frequently mentioned as amenities, by everyone from the real estate industry to the Chamber of Commerce.
Yes, it appears Clark County has once again become a hot spot for residential growth.