Salmon Creek - Planning Area


The Salmon Creek/University District subarea is located in an urbanized area of unincorporated Clark County between Vancouver and Ridgefield. The planning area includes approximately 2,400 acres and extends from the junction of Interstate 5 and 205 (south), east along the Salmon Creek River to NE 50th Avenue (east), NE 190th Street (north) and Interstate 5 (west).

The area has a mix of housing, businesses, and undeveloped property, but it is regionally known for the Washington State University at Vancouver campus and the Legacy Health System medical campus.

Area map Salmon Creek/University District Subarea Plan boundary (PDF 29MB).

Self-guided tour

Take the self-guided tour (PDF) to help you get ready to discuss what you like and what might improve the area. The tour starts at the Albertson’s parking lot on NE 20th Avenue takes approximately 90 minutes.

Your feedback will help shape proposed design standards for the area. Design standards establish site and building design, parking and pedestrian access, landscaping, signs and residential developments. If approved by the Board of Clark County Commissioners, design standards become part of county code.

Three Creeks Special Planning Area

The Three Creeks Special Planning Area was established by the Board of Clark County Commissioners with the adoption of the September 25, 2007 Comprehensive Plan. The commissioners appointed an advisory council to assist with subarea transportation plans, land use plans and related matters in the unincorporated urban areas around Hazel Dell, Felida, Lake Shore, Salmon Creek and the fairgrounds. This special planning area will give residents a larger and more direct voice in planning for their own future.

In the council’s first year, they adopted a vision and mission (PDF) for the planning area and identified 8 distinctive subareas for future study. The Salmon Creek/University District Subarea is the third area for review.

Three Creeks special planning area map ~ Salmon Creek subarea (3)