In 2013, the Starbuck Citizens Advisory Committee and the Town Council, with assistance from the Washington State Department of Commerce, developed
Starbuck's Comprehensive Plan.
The plan adopted this set community goals, obtained through a 1995 survey, representative of the unique character of the Town of Starbuck:
- Grow slowly
- Respect our rural atmosphere and town character
- Come together in times of trouble
- Protect our private property rights
- Preserve our historic buildings and sites
- Keep our farm animals
- Maintain the quiet and peaceful atmosphere and low crime rate
- Make sure everyone has decent housing
- Welcome folks of all walks of life and ages
- Have adequate water and wastewater systems
- Support local small businesses
While it is clear that maintaining a sense of small-town Americanism is important to the citizens of Starbuck, recent developments must be taken into consideration in updating the town's Comprehensive Plan. Major nearby construction projects, such as the Tucannon River Wind Project
and the Columbia Pulp Project
have undoubtedly had direct or indirect impacts on the Town of Starbuck in recent years.
Among the town's goals is a desire to foster citizen participation in all aspects of the community. Interested parties can suggest changes and updates to the current Comprehensive Plan through the Docketing Process.
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 - Starbuck Results
1973 Developmental Survey - Dayton/Starbuck/Col. Co. Combined Results