Camas development on the North Shore raises transportation concerns

As Camas town officials move closer to implementing policies that will shape the look of the North Shore region of Camas, community members continue to weigh in on what they would like to see in the town. 800 acre mixed-use area, mostly undeveloped. the northeast section of Lake Lacamas de Camas.

About 50 members of the Camas community came to the town’s North Shore in-person open house on August 17 to give their input on land use and transportation concepts, design guidelines, and zoning designations that, if approved by Camas City Council, will reshape the future of the North Shore, a territory that is expected to one day be home to more than 8,100 residents and create nearly 1,400 new jobs.

“A lot of the feedback was transportation-based – from people who have lived along the corridor (along Northeast Everett Street) for a while and seen it change over the 10-15 last few years,” Camas director of planning Robert Maul said of the Open House on Aug. 17.

Maul said he tried to let people know the city had a plan to accommodate the growth of the North Shore in its transportation master plan.

“We’ve already planned for this,” Maul said, referring to the future traffic increase along National Highway 500 (Everett Street).

Others were interested in seeing the proposed mix of residential, commercial, open space, parks and light industry.

The “preferred concept” shown at the August 17 open house showed parks and open spaces along Lacamas Lake, adjoining a mix of low- and high-density residential areas and small shopping malls. Employers in the region would be at the northern limit of the Côte-Nord “to take advantage of flatter terrain and offer contiguous spaces”.

Taking into account that the 206 acres of wetlands in the area will not be developed due to state, federal and local regulations, planners have estimated that there will be 409 acres of developable land on the North Rim, of which 121 acres for low density residential housing; 81 acres for high-density residential housing; 77 acres for parks and open spaces; 67 acres for mixed-use residential/commercial developments; 41 acres for business parks; 13 acres for schools; and 9 acres for commercial use.

The city’s latest employment estimates predict that this mix of uses would create 1,399 new jobs: 817 jobs in the business park areas, 177 jobs in the commercial areas, and 405 jobs in the mixed-use area.

The sub-area plans also show that the North Shore will be able to accommodate approximately 3,032 housing units for approximately 8,100 residents.

The city’s timetable for the adoption of the North Shore sub-sector plan shows that the Camas city council could adopt the plan in October or November this year.

Maul said he will meet with sub-area consultants and community and stakeholder committee members to ‘debrief’ and ‘make a few more refinements’ to the preferred concept before taking the map through the legislative process. of the city, which will include workshops at the planning commission. and city council, as well as public hearings.

“So there will still be plenty of time for people to participate,” Maul said. “We really appreciate the engagement we’ve had so far with this whole process. We know growth is hard… but growth will happen here, so we have to manage it as best we can.

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