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The city of Vancouver is removing a rule that allows developers to receive the tax exemption if they produce a public benefit project, such as a public plaza or mural. The city will replace this option with an in-lieu fee, meaning that developers will be eligible for the exemption if they give some of the money they saved to the city to be used for affordable housing.

Vancouver moves toward expanding developer tax break to more parts of the city

The city of Vancouver is removing a rule that allows developers to receive the tax exemption if they produce a public benefit project, such as a public plaza or mural. The city will replace this option with an in-lieu fee, meaning that developers will be eligible for the exemption if they give some of the money they saved to the city to be used for affordable housing.

June 27, 2023, 1:35pm Business

The Vancouver City Council Monday night took several steps to expand the coverage area for a developer tax break meant to spur the construction of affordable housing. Read story

Dean Gluesenkamp, from left, husband of U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, joins Dannie Nordsiden during a tour at Clark College on May 5.

3rd District Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez says voting record refutes claims she’s ‘woke’

Dean Gluesenkamp, from left, husband of U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, joins Dannie Nordsiden during a tour at Clark College on May 5.

June 23, 2023, 6:07am Clark County News

“Woke.” “Extremist.” “Radical.” These are all words that Joe Kent — Republican candidate to lead Washington’s 3rd Congressional District next year — has used to describe U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Skamania. Read story

Cars pass by continuing construction on Fourth Plain Community Commons in Vancouver. The mixed-use housing complex has 106 affordable units developed by the Vancouver Housing Authority, using $1.5 million from the city's Affordable Housing Fund.

Vancouver accepting applications for Affordable Housing Fund

Cars pass by continuing construction on Fourth Plain Community Commons in Vancouver. The mixed-use housing complex has 106 affordable units developed by the Vancouver Housing Authority, using $1.5 million from the city's Affordable Housing Fund.

June 21, 2023, 6:05am Clark County News

The city of Vancouver is accepting applications for its Affordable Housing Fund, which will award $1.7 million to projects to address housing challenges in the city. Read story

Forest Service to waive fees for Juneteenth fun

June 17, 2023, 5:49am Clark County News

On Monday, the USDA Forest Service is waiving recreation fees for day-use sites in Washington and Oregon in celebration of Juneteenth. Read story

A crowd listens to a presentation from City of Vancouver Housing Programs Manager Samantha Whitley Monday during a community forum at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School.

Vancouver residents voice concerns about housing, costs at forum with city councilors

A crowd listens to a presentation from City of Vancouver Housing Programs Manager Samantha Whitley Monday during a community forum at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School.

June 13, 2023, 2:44pm Clark County News

Dozens of Vancouver residents spent Monday’s sunny afternoon at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School to hear from the city about housing issues and share their thoughts regarding the city’s housing crisis. Read story

Portable toilets and a hand-washing station are among the facilities available for clients at the Living Hope Safe Stay Community on  July 14, 2022.

Vancouver approves $1M to upgrade Safe Stay Communities

Portable toilets and a hand-washing station are among the facilities available for clients at the Living Hope Safe Stay Community on  July 14, 2022.

June 7, 2023, 5:26pm Clark County News

The city of Vancouver is investing more than $1 million into its Safe Stay communities to help people experiencing homelessness find temporary housing. Read story

Keynote speaker Majora Carter, a community revitalization strategist, speaks to the audience at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington's annual luncheon.

Community Foundation for Southwest Washington celebrates nonprofits, community members with luncheon

Keynote speaker Majora Carter, a community revitalization strategist, speaks to the audience at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington's annual luncheon.

June 6, 2023, 6:02pm Business

Urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter hasn’t spent much time in Southwest Washington, but the message she shared with a crowd of several hundred in Vancouver during her speech about the importance of community development was a universal one. Read story

Vancouver extends warehouse project moratorium

June 6, 2023, 4:37pm Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council Monday night extended its moratorium on new large warehouse projects, ensuring a pause on the construction of such projects within the city through the end of this year. Read story

Former Congressman Don Bonker, center, and Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer speak after a recognition reception for the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Act on Aug. 13, 2011, at Skamania Lodge.

Don Bonker, former Southwest Washington congressional representative, dead at 86

Former Congressman Don Bonker, center, and Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer speak after a recognition reception for the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Act on Aug. 13, 2011, at Skamania Lodge.

May 31, 2023, 7:16pm Clark County News

Don Bonker, who represented Southwest Washington in Congress for 14 years, yet rarely missed his children’s phone calls or baseball games, died Tuesday at his home in Silverdale. He was 86 years old and had been diagnosed with cancer of the gall bladder last week. Read story

City of Vancouver forum will focus on housing

May 31, 2023, 5:11am Clark County News

The city of Vancouver is hosting its second of four community forums this year on June 12 at Roosevelt Elementary School. Read story