Program Update

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Background

In 2017, E2SSB 5254 was passed by the state Legislature and constituted the first major revision to the Buildable Lands Review and Evaluation Program [RCW 36.70A.215] since its inception in 1997. In December 2018, the Department of Commerce issued new guidelines for the Buildable Lands Program. These new guidelines will ensure that Clark County’s methodology complies with the recent legislative amendments.

Clark County and its cities are launching a review of the guidelines to identify new requirements outlined in the guidelines, gather public feedback, and recommend to council any modifications to the current methodologies, if necessary. Following council approval, the county will run a series of model calibrations, collect permit data through December 2020, and coordinate with cities prior to completing the buildable lands analysis.

Timeline

Clark County’s next Buildable Lands Report is due to Commerce by June 30, 2022, three years prior to the next Comprehensive Plan periodic update in 2025. The graphic below illustrates how the buildable lands analysis fits into the next periodic review.


Project Advisory Committee (PAC)

The PAC's role is to review and recommend modifications to the Buildable Lands Program based on new guidelines from Commerce. Their recommendations will be brought before the public, planning commission and county council for consideration.

Members and Meeting Information


Public Meetings

Jan. 29, 2020 - Council Work Session - 10:30 a.m.


Oct.1, 2019 – Council Hearing


Jul. 16, 2019 - Council hearing


May 29, 2019 - Council Work Session


Staff contact

Jose Alvarez, Project Manager
Jose.Alvarez@clark.wa.gov
564.397.4898