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Columbia County
341 E. Main St.
Dayton, WA 99328


Columbia County Comprehensive Plan Info
Latest Happenings
Following a public hearing which received only positive comments, the Columbia County Planning Commission recommended adoption of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update and associated development regulations to the Board of County Commissioners. The BOCC adopted the updated plan and regulations at its Sept. 16, 2019 board meeting. The plan and ordinances were submitted to the Dept. of Commerce on September 17, 2019. A letter of completion was received from the Department of Commerce on September 30, 2019.


Dockets applications for plan amendments to be considered in the the 2021 comprehensive plan docket review must be received by August 1, 2020 per the county's annual docket review procedures


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A Look Back

On August 19th, 1974, the Columbia County Planning Department was born into existence by Resolution 74-17. In 1990, Washington State passed the Growth Management Act, mandating Washington counties to craft development regulations, including the Comprehensive Plan.

Columbia County last completed a full comprehensive plan update with the adoption of the Columbia County 2019 Comprehensive Plan, completed cooperatively with the Town of Starbuck and the City of Dayton.

Columbia County's Current Comprehensive Plan    l     Previous Comprehensive Plans

As with the current update, earlier plans relied heavily on public input. It is both fun and enlightening to look back at the results of past surveys, such as this one, taken in 1973.

1973 Developmental Survey - County Results

1973 Developmental Survey - Dayton/Starbuck/Col. Co. Combined Results



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