“The city should focus on the traffic flow problem in Woodland,” he said. “It is now really bad and will get much worse. I am glad the city put a hold on the annexation endeavor for now to try and figure out the traffic flow. I know several times to get off the Exit 21 northbound, I’ve had to sit on the active freeway to wait my turn. This is not a very good feeling.”
Holland said she supported the sixth option the planning commission was looking at for growth, in which the city will look at the practical implication of growth within the Woodland Bottoms, including planning for growth impacts that occur in Cowlitz County.
“I’m not sure why there is so much interest in the Bottoms, when there is a lot of development happening outside city limits on Lewis River Road, but I do know that the decisions made now will impact Woodland for years to come,” she said. “This is the perfect time to actually plan for growth, not just react to it. The thing that frightens most of us is that with more new home development comes more traffic, more crime and the eventual ask for larger schools. Realistically, those of us that live here should be directing how we move forward.”
Earlier this year, the council tabled discussions on two ordinances that would limit when and where people can camp in the city and crack down on panhandling. Both are expected to come back before council at some time this year.
Holland said that “homelessness is an uncomfortable topic in our region,” and one she knows quite a bit about. She is the board president of Woodland Action Center, a food bank and thrift store that works with people in need in Clark and Cowlitz counties.