In 2013, the City completed a 3-year process to update its 1984 Comprehensive Plan. The updated plan is organized around the City’s four cornerstone principles of High Quality of Life, Natural/Scenic Beauty, Healthy Economy, and Active Waterfront. The plan is one intended to be acted upon, and each of its objectives and tactics includes responsible City department, likely partners contributing to its accomplishment, and a timeline for completion.
The City is currently working on a state-mandated update to its 1975 Shoreline Management Master Program. An area plan for the waters of the Columbia River, Rock Cove, and Rock Creek and all lands within ~200 feet of their shorelines, this effort will analyze current conditions, establish goals for future conditions, and establish voluntary and regulatory programs for the development, protection, and restoration of these areas.
“Making Tactical Decision to Improve Emergency Response”. Representatives of the City of Stevenson, Skamania County Emergency Management, Skamania County Fire District #2, and the Stevenson Volunteer Fire Department formed the Stevenson Fire Hall Strike Team in order to identify suitable locations for a new fire station. Planning Department staff developed the collaborative process and produced a final report of the ad hoc committee’s analysis. A total of 52 properties were compared based on a weighted matrix of 31 evaluation factors, and 4 “Best of the Best” sites were prioritized for further analysis.
The City is currently working on a state-mandated update to its 2008 Critical Areas Ordinance. These regulations value, protect, and enhance Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas, Fish & Wildlife Habitat Areas, Frequently Flooded Areas, Geologic Hazard Areas, and Wetlands. The current effort will review the regulations and, if necessary, amend the existing regulations.
Google Earth – Stevenson 3D
In 2012 the City initiate and completed the Stevenson Wayfinding Master Plan. This strategic plan is intended to 1) improve traffic circulation in the downtown area, 2) upgrade public infrastructure, and 3) enhance the look of Stevenson. Rock Cove Design’s artisan details within this vehicular- and pedestrian-oriented plan showcase the pride Stevenson takes in its streetscape. The first phase of the plan’s implementation began in 2014, and the City continues to seek opportunities for further implementation.