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Comprehensive Plan

2016 Periodic Comprehensive Growth Management Plan Update

The Growth Management Act (GMA) was adopted in 1990, under RCW 36.70A, and requires counties and cities that meet certain population and growth criteria to adopt and maintain comprehensive plans. Under GMA, comprehensive plans must consist of these elements: land use, housing, capital facilities, utilities, rural lands (counties only), transportation, economic development, and parks and recreation. Due to the small amount of land located within Clark County, the City of Woodland is required to fully plan under the GMA.

These plans account for a minimum 20 years forward, and are to be updated every eight years, as needed. Woodland’s current Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2005 and looks out to 2025. The new plan will consider 2015 through 2035. Clark County and the jurisdictions within, including the City of Woodland, are required to review and revise their comprehensive plans by June 30, 2016.

Public Participation Plan and Preliminary Schedule: The purpose of this plan is to ensure compliance with the Growth Management Act by identifying the scope of proposed activity and potential timeframes for participation and decision making. The GMA calls for early and continuous public participation.

Population Projection and Urban Growth Boundary Expansion: Selecting a population projection is an important step in the update process. This projection is used as the target for the periodic update and allows the City to plan for adequate jobs, housing, capital improvements (roads, utilities, etc.), and other services. As part of this projection, the City can decide to expand the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). The UGB is the planning area including the lands to which Woodland may feasibly provide future urban services, including infrastructure (utilities, roads), employment, and housing. After deliberation by the Planning Commission, the City Council held their own workshops and decided not to expand Woodland’s Urban Growth Boundary this update cycle. Further, City Council selected a population projection of 9,274 which equates to a 2.3% increase over the next 20 years.

This webpage will be updated as more progress is made on the 2016 update and as more information becomes available. Meeting notices concerning the update, including any meetings or workshops with the Planning Commission or the City Council will be posted here.

Vision Survey Results

Vision Survey Results

Comprehensive Plan Update - DRAFT

Latest Draft Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Woodland has compiled a draft Comprehensive Plan Update document for the Planning Commission, City Council, and the public to review. Hard copies are also available at the City of Woodland Building & Planning Department, 230 Davidson Avenue between business hours, 9 am to 5 pm.

Please provide any comments or feedback to Amanda Smeller, Community Development Planner, either in person at 230 Davidson Avenue, Woodland, WA, via email at, or call (360) 225-1048. Your comments are welcome and encouraged. This is your document!

In addition, the City of Woodland is hosting an open house on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in Council Chambers, 200 East Scott Avenue, Woodland, WA. All public is welcome to attend. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide feedback. There will be proposed zoning, comprehensive plan, parks and trails, utilities, and transportation maps for viewing. The draft plan will be available as well. Please see the open house flyer for more information.

In addition, the Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7 pm in Council Chambers. Further public hearings are proposed for February 1 and February 15 before the City Council as they review and adopt the new Comprehensive Plan. The City must adopt the new plan no later than June 30, 2016.

You can get involved by attending meetings (including Planning Commission and City Council when the Comprehensive Plan Update is on the agenda). If you have questions or comments at any time, please call (360) 225-1048, email, send written comments to PO Box 9, Woodland, Washington or visit us at the City Hall Annex, 230 Davidson Avenue, Woodland, Washington.


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