The General Meeting of the North Salmon Creek Neighborhood Association (NSCNA) was called to order at @ 7pm by Board President Ed Conzatti, leading approximately 30 members, Board, and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Minutes for NSCNA General Meetings are available online at www.salmoncreeklive.com
Deputy Jeff Ruppel covers North Salmon Creek area. He noted increased stealing of cans/bottles from recycling bins. Suggested putting out recycling pickup morning. Regarding questions about increase in homeless in area and what to do, deputy agreed there is increase, said no easy answers. Deputy reminded group to be involved in neighborhood, know neighbors, watch comings and goings and report unusual activity/vehicles in area. Deputy handed out card; email him with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Alvarez and Matt Hermen, Clark County Community Planning Office
Jose Alvarez presented overview of Urban Growth Management Act (GMA). Clark County had first comprehensive plan in 1979. In response to several questions about the possible annexing of Salmon Creek to the City of Vancouver, speakers noted the process is initiated by City and area needs to be contiguous to the City; property owners can also petition. Last area annexed was Green Meadows/Costco area, including Padden Parkway. GMA to be updated in 2024, but process already begun; residents interested should get involved now. Currently, of particular interest, is proposal to lift the Urban Holding Area between 10th and 179th to allow urban development.
Matt Hermen discussed transportation issues as part of the GMA and upcoming projects, not yet funded, to upgrade roads in the Urban Holding Area. He listed funding sources for roads and other transportation projects, they are: property taxes, grants (both federal and state), traffic impact fees and real estate excise fees. Traffic impact fees are approx 20% of the total cost of project.
Websites for more information:
Landuse@clark.wa.gov (for site specific development)
Marilee McCall, Neighborhood Program Coordinator for Clark County, noted she sends information to neighborhood association boards about county issues, zone changes, etc. She also posts County information on Next Door. Two Clark County Council meetings of interest: May 1 at 12:30pm, Council work session on expanding cannabis sales into County. May 7 at 6pm, Urban Holding Area removal in North Clark County as noted above, impact on public and funding. Meetings held at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin Street.
Ann Foster announced the Farmers Market at Legacy Hospital will start up for summer June 11th.
NSCNA President asked members to submit ideas for meetings, etc and passed out cards to complete.
Thank you to Wayside Market and Jeff Thamert, for providing tonight’s food, and Riverview Community Bank for use of branch and assistance with coordination for our general meetings.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:30 pm. Respectfully submitted by Secretary Fiona Humphrey