County kicks off growth plan update

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Clark County Community Planning is starting the process of updating the local Comprehensive Growth Management Plan, as required by the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA). The plan, last updated in 2016, is a long-range policy guide for how the county plans to manage growth and development over a 20-year period.

The GMA requires jurisdictions to periodically update their comprehensive plan and development regulations to bring them up to date with changes to state law, changes to land use, population growth and housing needs projections.

A kick-off meeting to provide decision makers and the public an overview of the requirements of the GMA and initial information on the county’s multi-year process is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver, and virtually via Webex. The meeting will be shown live on CVTV channel 21/321 and available later that day for on-demand viewing on

Dave Anderson, managing director of growth management services for the Washington State Department of Commerce, will present along with county staff. Following the Jan. 19 kick-off meeting, planning staff will prepare a general framework to guide the process to completion by June 30, 2025.

County staff will need county council approval on several initial decisions which include:

  • A proposed public participation plan
  • A twenty-year population projection
  • A proposed scope of work

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