The Growth Management Act and the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update
The Growth Management Act (GMA) was adopted to address how to accommodate a population increase in the state of about 20% per decade. The Act requires that the largest and fastest-growing cities and counties complete comprehensive plans and development regulations to guide future growth. All jurisdictions are required to protect critical environmental areas and conserve natural resource lands, such as farms and forests. The GMA requires communities to review and revise their plans and regulations every eight years. The City of Camas must complete the required update by July 2016. The current Comprehensive Plan was first adopted in 2004, and elements of the plan have been amended annually.
In July, the City will begin the first phase of the project, which will focus on public outreach, visioning, and analysis. The second phase will likely begin in 2015, and will develop potential amendments to policies and development regulations.
An outreach plan is currently being developed and will be published soon. The City aims to provide many opportunities for citizens to be part of the update process.
For more information on the Growth Management Act, you may visit the website for the Washington State Department of Commerce at: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.
(Posted on June 17, 2014)