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Comprehensive Plan

The City of Woodland adopted the Woodland Comprehensive Plan 2016-2036 in March of 2016 and updated the plan in July 2019.

2019 Comprehensive Plan with Amendments

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 previous Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2005 and looked out to 2025. The new plan will consider 2016 through 2036. (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.

2018-2019 Periodic Comprehensive Growth Management Plan Update

In 2018, the city had a number of property owners request updates to the Comp Plan designations for their property. These requests included both re-designations within the current city limits and expansions of the City’s UGB.

Staff undertook a public participation effort to consider comp plan updates. Those efforts included discussing six different growth scenarios for the City of Woodland. Then the Planning Commission proceeded to review the eight applications within the context of those potential growth scenarios.


The six Growth Scenarios were:

    1. No Growth. This scenario involved no changes to the growth area boundary and no changes within the current City limits.

    2. Internal Growth. All growth would be accommodated through comp plan designation changes for land already within the City limits. (Modified No-Expansion)

    3. Partial Applicant Accommodation. Given the number of applications and the amount of area proposed for Urban Growth Area expansion, the City could choose to include some of that land within its Urban Growth Boundary.

    4. Full Applicant Accommodation. Plans for the inclusion scenario where all applications are included in the urban growth boundary. (But nothing more.)

    5. City Proposed Boundary Expansion. The City, using staff's best professional judgment, looked at growth area expansion using logical and practical approaches to eliminate boundary peculiarities. (Assuming full applicant accommodation…but filling in the holes or other obvious inclusions.)

    6. Woodland Bottoms Planning. Recognizing that all activity within the bottomlands generates impacts (like traffic) in the City of Woodland, the City would look at the practical implication of growth within the bottomlands, including planning for growth impacts that occur in Cowlitz County.

Public input was obtained through a series of open houses, public presentations, workshops, work-sessions, one-on-one discussions, and public hearings. The documents developed during this effort and the staff reports and presentations for each of the individual case requests can be found in the menu directly below:

Public Input Documents

Comp Plan Map Update Documents

Document 1:   Public Participation Plan (Chapter 2 of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan)
Document 2:   Notice to the newspaper or record for the Public Participation Plan
Document 3:   Planning Commission Agenda (September 20, 2018)
Document 4:   Amendment & Review Procedures code (WMC 17.84)
Document 5:   Woodland Growth Scenario Descriptions
Document 6:   Cowlitz County/City of Woodland agreement (2002)
Document 7:   Woodland Growth Scenario Maps
Document 8:   Notice to the newspaper or record for the Planning Commission work session
Document 9:   Planning Commission Agenda (October 18, 2018)
Document 10: Growth Scenario growth calculations
Document 11: Growth Scenario charts
Document 12: Notice to the newspaper or record for the Open House Schedule
Document 13: Notice of Application and Open House Schedule

Document 14 PC PH Notice to Paper

Document 15 NOA Scenario Hearing

Document 16a NOA CPA Cases Hearings in January

Document 17 PC PH notice to paper 011019

Document 18 Full NOA 2016 Comp Plan Update

Document 19 SEPA NOA-DNS Comp Plan Map Update

Document 21: Public Contact Information

Document 22 Map of Possible Changes

Document 23: Revised Notice for PC Hearing 011719

Document 24: Notice to the newspaper of record for the 011719 PC Hearing

Document 25: Staff Report to the PC for 12/20/19 hearing

Document 26: Staff presentation for the 12/20/19 hearing

Document 27: Supplemental Staff report for Planning Commission Questions

Document 28: Public Comments – Can be viewed in the file located in the Community Development Department at City Hall, 230 Davidson Avenue, weekdays between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

Document 29 PC Presentation 1 - January 17, 2019

Document 30: PC Presentation 2 - January 17, 2019

Document 31: 1810 January 17 Agenda Memo

Document 32 Vacant Buildable2019 Report

Document 32a Vacant Buildable 2019 Report Feb 21 Presentation

Document 33 Notice to paper for April 18

Document 34 Notice for April 18 Hearing

Document 35 Staff Report for CPA 18-010

Document 36A Planning Commission Recommendation Maps

Document 37 Apr 22 Council Presentation for CAP 18-010


Staff Reports & Presentations

Comp Plan Amendment Requests

CPA-18-002 Saxony Pacific (Franklin Loop)

Staff report


CPA-18-003 Saxony Pacific (Dike Access)

Staff report


CPA-18-005 Aho Construction I, Inc.

CPA 18-005

CPA 18-001

Signed supplemental staff report for 032819


CPA-18-006 Walt Houser LLC

Staff report

CPA-18-007 Treavor Beatty

Staff report


CPA-18-008 Loomis-Empress Estates

Staff report


CPA-18-010 City of Woodland

CPA-18-011 B Young RV

Staff report


CPA-18-012 Woodland Commerce Center (February 21, 2019 hearing date)

Staff report


The Planning Commission held several public meetings to discuss the comprehensive plan update including meetings and hearings on:

September 20, 2018
October 18, 2018
December 20, 2018
January 17, 2019
February 21, 2019
March 21, 2019
March 28, 2019
April 18, 2019.

The Planning Commission decided to pursue Option 3 and review each of the cases on a case-by-case basis. The Planning Commission’s recommendations for the cases were presented to the City Council at a special town hall meeting on April 22nd, 2019. At the City Council May 6th regular meeting, the Council instructed staff to prepare an ordinance for review. Staff prepared Ordinance 1433 for a first reading at the Council’s June 3rd regular meeting with final reading scheduled for July 15th, 2019, when the Washington State Department of Commerce review period is complete.

As a result of the update efforts, the City Council adopted Ordinance 1433 making three changes to the adopted comp plan map and one change to the comp plan text. No expansion of the urban growth boundary was approved.

The City Council cited the need to complete several pending studies before it felt that an expansion of the UGB would be defensible. Those studies include a review of the interchange at Exit 21; a review of urban service needs for the industrial area west of the railroad tracks; and the utility rate study which will affect capital facility funding. The Council expects these studies to be completed by early 2020 and expects the City’s next serious comp plan update process to be a 5-year update effort starting 2021 or the required 8-year update in 2024. Until that time, the Council expects the Planning Commission to work on updates to the City’s development codes to ensure the desired tools and structure are in place to support an update which will likely include an expansion of the urban growth area.


Comprehensive Plan - Final

Adopted 2016-2036 Comprehensive Plan

Vision Survey Results

Vision Survey Results