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Vancouver’s Homelessness Response Coordinator Jamie Spinelli (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Vancouver officials explain emergency declaration for homelessness

Vancouver’s Homelessness Response Coordinator Jamie Spinelli (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

November 7, 2023, 7:37pm Clark County News

In a Tuesday interview with The Columbian, Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes, Vancouver’s Homelessness Response Coordinator Jamie Spinelli and Vancouver City Councilor Ty Stober spoke in more detail about why a civil emergency for homelessness was declared and plans for addressing the issue. Read story

Construction continues at the third Safe Stay community in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning, Nov. 7, 2023. The city approved emergency declaration for homelessness on Monday night.

New emergency homelessness orders will allow Vancouver to restrict more camping, move faster on solutionsvideo icon

Construction continues at the third Safe Stay community in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning, Nov. 7, 2023. The city approved emergency declaration for homelessness on Monday night.

November 7, 2023, 11:17am Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council ratified three emergency orders Monday regarding homelessness, allowing the city to access emergency reserve funds, forgo some processes for accessing resources and designate up to 48 acres of public property and rights-of-way closed to camping. Read story

Tents sit in an empty lot behind Vancouver City Hall. Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes declared a civic emergency on Friday in response to what the city describes as a "perfect storm" of increased criminal activity and drug use in camps and a growing disinterest among camp residents in getting help.

Vancouver declares civil emergency: ‘Homelessness … continues to threaten the lives of residents of the city of Vancouver’

Tents sit in an empty lot behind Vancouver City Hall. Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes declared a civic emergency on Friday in response to what the city describes as a "perfect storm" of increased criminal activity and drug use in camps and a growing disinterest among camp residents in getting help.

November 6, 2023, 5:45pm Clark County News

Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes has declared a civil emergency in response to growing homelessness in the city; rising criminal activity and drug use in camps; and a general disinterest among the unhoused population in getting help. Read story

A rendering from a city of Vancouver video showing what Main Street in downtown Vancouver will look like after the completion of the Main Street Promise project. The project will extend sidewalks, level the street height with the sidewalk height, install pedestrian lighting and enhance crosswalks.

Vancouver approves final design of Main Street Promise, focusing on ‘moving people and not vehicles’video icon

A rendering from a city of Vancouver video showing what Main Street in downtown Vancouver will look like after the completion of the Main Street Promise project. The project will extend sidewalks, level the street height with the sidewalk height, install pedestrian lighting and enhance crosswalks.

October 25, 2023, 6:08am Business

The city of Vancouver has approved a multimillion-dollar plan to reconstruct the streetscape of Main Street between West Fifth and West 15th streets. Read story

A fire engine is pictured at the Camas-Washougal Fire Department Station 42 in Camas.

Washougal voters face ‘instrumental’ EMS levy decision

A fire engine is pictured at the Camas-Washougal Fire Department Station 42 in Camas.

October 21, 2023, 6:10am Clark County News

Voters will soon determine the future of Washougal’s emergency medical services. Read story

Leah Perkel, right, is challenging Sarah Fox for her seat on the Vancouver City Council. Fox is the only incumbent on the ballot this year that has a challenger.

Two in race for Vancouver City Council’s Seat 6

Leah Perkel, right, is challenging Sarah Fox for her seat on the Vancouver City Council. Fox is the only incumbent on the ballot this year that has a challenger.

October 21, 2023, 6:03am Clark County News

Just one of the three Vancouver City Council incumbents faces a challenger in November. While councilors Ty Stober and Bart Hansen will run unopposed, Sarah Fox will face challenger Leah Perkel for Seat 6. Read story

Project leaders envision improving Southeast 34th Street by repurposing two of the four lanes on the corridor to create bike lanes.

Vancouver approves 34th Street plan to reduce section from 4 to 2 lanes, add mobility lane

Project leaders envision improving Southeast 34th Street by repurposing two of the four lanes on the corridor to create bike lanes.

October 13, 2023, 6:03am Clark County News

The city of Vancouver is reducing a stretch of Southeast 34th Street in east Vancouver from four lanes to two and adding a mobility lane on each side to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Read story

The city of Vancouver's Waterfront Gateway development aims to be its own district and also connect Esther Short Park to The Waterfront Vancouver.

Vancouver hires LPC West to develop downtown Waterfront Gateway project

The city of Vancouver's Waterfront Gateway development aims to be its own district and also connect Esther Short Park to The Waterfront Vancouver.

October 12, 2023, 6:06am Business

The city of Vancouver has hired Los Angeles-based developer LPC West to develop the city-owned Waterfront Gateway site directly south and west of City Hall. Read story

Construction of The Springs Apartments is in progress along the Vancouver waterfront. Once complete, the developer will receive an eight-year exemption from property taxes on the building, which will have 180 market rate units.

Vancouver establishes affordable housing fund with money to come from developers that get tax exemption

Construction of The Springs Apartments is in progress along the Vancouver waterfront. Once complete, the developer will receive an eight-year exemption from property taxes on the building, which will have 180 market rate units.

October 5, 2023, 6:02am Clark County News

This week, the city of Vancouver established a fund that will funnel millions of dollars from housing developers into the city’s affordable housing budget. Read story

A motorist drives past the intersection of Northeast 147th Avenue and Northeast 59th Street, the site of a future warehouse. Under potential Vancouver ordinances discussed Monday night, warehouse developers would have to follow more stringent environmental guidelines.

Vancouver City Council considers restrictions on large warehouses ahead of moratorium’s expiration

A motorist drives past the intersection of Northeast 147th Avenue and Northeast 59th Street, the site of a future warehouse. Under potential Vancouver ordinances discussed Monday night, warehouse developers would have to follow more stringent environmental guidelines.

October 3, 2023, 6:47pm Clark County News

Vancouver’s yearlong warehouse moratorium will expire on Dec. 6, and city staff are rapidly developing ordinances to specify what types of warehouses will be allowed in the city moving forward. Read story