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Do you wonder what the City will look like in 20 or 30 years? 

These visions and plans for the future are found within the city's comprehensive plan documents which include: City of Camas Comprehensive Plan; City of Camas Capital Facilities Plan; the Park, Recreation and Open Space Comprehensive Plan; Camas Shoreline Master Program; Six-year Street Plan; and the Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan. Community Development Department is involved with maintaining these documents and is responsible for updating them as required by state statutes.

The state Growth Management Act (GMA) establishes many of the requirements for the city’s comprehensive planning documents.  GMA establishes an overall goal to "ensure that those public facilities and services necessary to support development shall be adequate to serve the development at the time the development is available for occupancy and use without decreasing current service levels below locally established minimum standards" (RCW 36.70A.020). Amendments to these documents are prepared in accordance with direction provided by the City Council. Staff that work in long range planning; provide support to the City Council and Planning Commission in their roles of reviewing, recommending, and adopting the amendments.

These long range planners must also coordinate with other agencies on regional planning issues, monitor legislative activity, administer the commute trip reduction program, and undertake special projects as directed by the City Council.  

In July 2014, the City began a two-year, cover-to-cover update to the Comprehensive Plan in accordance with the requirements of the Growth Management Act (GMA), RCW Chapter 36.70A. The Washington State Department of Commerce set June 2016 as the deadline for completion of the project.  The plan in effect was enacted with Ordinance 2361 in 2004, and portions have been amended annually. The first phase of the overall update is to conduct a citywide visioning survey, and approve a new vision statement, which will guide the City for the second phase of the update.  The project is called “Camas2035” and up to date drafts, surveys and meeting information is available at the project website www.Camas2035.com.

(updated on December 22, 2014)

 

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