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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Dec. 6, 2023

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Proposed cottage homes could provide some missing middle housing in Clark County

By , Columbian staff reporter

A proposed development in unincorporated Clark County could provide middle housing for 60 families.

The Saint Johns & 109th Cottage Home Development at 11109 N.E. St. Johns Road would divide 6 acres into 59 single-family residential lots plus one accessory dwelling unit. It takes advantage of the county’s R1-6 zone that allows cottage housing.

The development would help fill a need for “missing middle” housing affordable to moderate-income residents, providing an option between detached single-family homes and high-density apartment buildings.

The county is reviewing the application. If all goes smoothly, the development would likely be completed within a few years, according to applicant Civil Northwest Engineering.

The proposed development is open to public comment on environmental impact concerns until April 7. To provide a comment, email developmentcomments@clark.wa.gov with the case name and number and your written testimony. Find more information at https://tinyurl.com/yjyhbdvv.

The Clark County Hearing Examiner will conduct a virtual public hearing via Webex at 6 p.m. April 13.

To testify at the hearing, contact CommDevOALandUse@clark.wa.gov or 564-397-4489 no later than noon on April 13. Staff will provide information on participating in the hearing.

Additional testimony will be accepted for one week following the hearing. Testimony sent via email or in writing must be received by Community Development by 5 p.m. April 20.

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