The last election shook Camas. Good. Let’s move forward.
The City needs to figure out how to hear its citizens. The Community Aquatic Center’s process failed. Camas deserves transparency for overall growth issues.
Start with the North Shore: We’re asked to take a survey incorrectly framing Camas’ overall growth issue. The state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) requires, without disagreement, Camas accept its statewide growth share. The GMA does not say where growth must occur. North Shore development based on Camas’ 2035 plan may no longer be appropriate. Changes require North Shore planning be paused. North Shore planning treats urban development as a foregone conclusion. It is not.
Citizens are presented with a North Shore survey I won’t participate in. Here is why.
The survey begins with: “The existing zoning would allow a mix of employment, retail and residential uses. The City is required by state law to plan for anticipated growth, and development will occur with or without planning.” No. North Shore’s substantial growth premise is questionable. Vancouver-styled development may not be appropriate and necessary.
To repeat: The GMA does not say where growth must occur. Camas’ growth could occur downtown or in Grass Valley, as but two options. The GMA is not an “excuse” to justify North Shore development.