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Vancouver seeks input for city housing code changes

By , Columbian staff writer

The city of Vancouver will host a virtual open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18 to receive public input on proposed zoning code updates.

Residents and property owners can attend the forum to discuss codes that will allow development of affordable housing options beyond those currently permitted. Attendees are invited to ask questions and provide their perspective on the suggested changes.

Some of the updates include creating standards for high-density single- and multi-family zoning districts, allowing cottage clusters and micro housing, and reducing minimum parking standards for properties near busy public transit stops to comply with state law. City staff will also discuss accessory dwelling units, faith-based affordable housing and building incentives.

Other proposed zoning codes can be found at

Many of the proposed code updates are already authorized throughout Clark County and the state, or they are required by state law.

Planning Commission members will review the proposed zoning code changes during an informal workshop on Jan. 25, which will be followed by public hearings in February and March.

The meeting can be accessed on Zoom by using the link Those who cannot attend the forum can learn more and share their opinions at

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