State growth act sets up roadblock

first_imgFor more than a year, construction crews have made steady progress on a project linking two portions of Northeast 10th Avenue separated by Whipple Creek. Clark County anticipates the project, which is intended to improve traffic flow in the area, will be completed later this year.But Clark County’s plans for a related road improvement project along Northeast 10th Avenue from Northeast 149th Street to Northeast 154th Street has been complicated by an ongoing legal issue over the county’s planning and land-use policies.The county is currently ineligible for a $10 million loan from the Public Works Trust Fund, administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce, to help fund the project that it’s planning to start in 2020.The reason for Clark County’s ineligibility is the Growth Management Hearings Board concluding that the county is still not in compliance with state law. The land-use adjudication panel issued an order of invalidity earlier this year against the county’s comprehensive plan, cutting off various sources of state funding.“It’s amazing three people can do that,” said state Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, referring to the three-member panel during a recent meeting of county councilors and legislators.last_img

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