• Public Works

The intersection of Northeast 99th Street and Northeast 94th Avenue will be closed beginning Monday, April 17 for construction of a roundabout. The closure is expected to last at least 25 days but may be extended as needed. Exact closure start and end dates are weather dependent.

Drivers will be diverted onto a detour route. To reduce the impact of traffic along the detour route, the construction contractor will place temporary bumps. The temporary speed bumps are owned by the contractor, who will remove them when the closure ends.

• Public Health

Clark County Green Neighbors is accepting applications for host gardens in the 2023 Natural Garden Tour. The annual tour features gardens across the county that are maintained using earth-friendly techniques.

Clark County residents with urban and rural gardens of all sizes can apply to have their property included in the tour, which offers self-guided tours to the community. Properties considered for the tour must be maintained without the use of synthetic chemicals.

• Elections

Vancouver, Wash. ‒ At 9 am on Wednesday, March 22, the Clark County Elections Office will conduct a logic and accuracy test of the programming that is used to tabulate ballots as well as the accessible voting units for the April 25 Special Election.  

The test will be held at the Elections Office, 1408 Franklin Street. This test is required under Washington state law before every election. Members of the news media, jurisdictions with measures on the ballot and the public are invited to attend this test.

Ballots for this election will be mailed on Friday, April 7.

• Community Planning

Virtual sessions will focus on population forecast and new housing requirements

As part of the county’s efforts on the 2025 Comprehensive Growth Management Plan update, Clark County Community Planning has scheduled two virtual public information sessions for   Tuesday, March 28 at 1:30 pm and 2:45 pm.

• Public Works

Clark County Council is holding a work session about the 179th Street Access Management and Circulation Plan at 9 am on Wednesday, March 29. Councilors are requesting additional information about the plan as they consider adoption and whether to move the plan to a public hearing. During the work session staff will share questions received from residents throughout the project and share responses.

• Community Planning

Clark County is hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 to present the first batch of proposed housing code amendments related to middle housing and smaller single-family strategies from the county’s Housing Options Study and Action Plan. Project staff will provide a presentation on the proposed code amendments, listen to feedback, and answer questions.

The meeting will be held in a hybrid format. Anyone interested can join in person in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. or virtually via Webex.

• Treasurer

At the request of County Treasurer Alishia Topper, the Clark County Council this week approved an interlocal agreement with the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC) to establish and administer the Clark County homebuyer down payment assistance program.

• Law Library

The Clark County Law Library this week announced the addition of a new driver’s license suspension appeal kit to its array of self-help kits.

“This kit focuses on appealing a decision to suspend a driver’s license made by the Department of Licensing,” said Law Librarian Maria Sosnowski. “It also includes an overview about writing the brief and going to court for a hearing.”

The kit includes the forms and instructions to start and complete the appeal, including a few pages about briefs and the hearing.

• Community Planning

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 twenty-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.

• Assessor

With the significant increase last year in assessed values, taxpayers will see much lower tax rates on their tax bills this year with some property owners seeing a drop in the tax rate of over $2 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The Assessor’s Office has a map visualizing the countywide tax rates on the county website.