The city of Vancouver is seeking public input on a draft plan detailing the future of the Heights District, which is being eyed as the city’s next major urban center.
City staff will solicit comment at a community open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the McLoughlin Middle School cafeteria, 5802 MacArthur Blvd., in Vancouver.
“This is the first opportunity for the public to weigh in on the draft plan for The Heights District, which reflects input received from the community over the past year,” a media release from Long Range Planning Manager Rebecca Kennedy stated. “It provides a framework for how the area will develop over the next 20-30 years.”
The draft plan includes three components: a plan for the entire 228-acre Heights District, including housing, business development and transportation; a detailed plan for the 53-acre city-owned Tower Mall site, and an Environmental Impact Statement that includes an analysis of how the proposed development might affect the area.
Originally developed as housing for wartime employees at the Kaiser shipyards, the city purchased a strategic chunk of the Heights District in 2017 to help revitalize the area.