As Clark County continues to be one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, developers, businesses and government officials have complained about a lack of land for new housing and jobs.
Next week, the Clark County Council is poised to do something about it.
At its Tuesday evening hearing, the council is scheduled to take a key vote allowing development on 2,100 acres of land north of Vancouver in an area near the Interstate 5/179th Street interchange and west and south of the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.
The land is the last large area where development can occur in Clark County’s comprehensive plan. But it’s been tied up for over a decade in urban holding, a designation under the state Growth Management Act that prevents development from occurring without accompanying infrastructure improvements to accommodate new demands on roads, sewers and other services.
The vote scheduled next week will determine how much of a burden taxpayers will bear in a $19 million funding package to pay for some of those infrastructure upgrades. The package will include debt and a possible tax hike.
Last year, a consultant found that developing the land currently in urban holding would add 4,815 housing units, 2,850 jobs and generate an initial $188 million in taxes with $23 million annually in ongoing tax revenue.