February 7, 2017 – Fred Evander, Lewis County Long-range Planner, will speak to residents of Onalaska and the surrounding area about re-designating Onalaska as an Urban Growth Area. This discussion will take place at the monthly community meeting hosted by the Onalaska Alliance. The meeting will be held at Onalaska High School (OHS) in room 408 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In July of 2016, Evander spoke to Onalaska residents about general priorities for the county as a whole, and general priorities for the Onalaska area. Evander says, “From that discussion, we came to the conclusion that the County should conduct additional planning for the Onalaska area and ultimately pursue an Urban Growth Area, which would allow some additional development in the community.”
At the meeting to be held in February, Evander will be focusing on the creation of an Urban Growth Boundary for Onalaska within the Lewis County Comprehensive Plan. He hopes to get community feedback on boundaries and road, pedestrian and park improvements.
As of right now, Onalaska is designated a Limited Area of More Intensive Rural Development (LAMIRD). That designation does not allow for any sort of expansion, or any further development. An Urban Growth Area is essentially an area of more urban types of growth. Right now, Onalaska already exhibits the majority of the characteristics of an Urban Growth Area. The community makes intensive use of buildings and structures, there is a water and sewer infrastructure, and we also have a green belt area, Carlisle Lake.
If you have any further questions about how this designation change will affect you or your family, please attend the Onalaska Alliance Community meeting on February 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in OHS room 408.
To find out more about the updates being made to the Lewis County Comprehensive Plan, visit: http://lewiscountywa.gov/comprehensive-plan-update.
Onalaska Alliance is a non-profit volunteer organization that is 100% volunteer run. Learn more about Onalaska Alliance and how we are building partnerships for a sustainable community at our website: www.onalaskaalliance.org
This Press Release was written by PR Volunteer, Lindsay Hodge. Lindsay Hodge moved with her family to Onalaska in 2013, and is looking forward to spending the rest of her life here. When Lindsay is not volunteering with us, she is a writer, small business owner, wife, and proud mamma of two very precocious children. To find out more about Lindsay, visit:
www.lindsayhodge.com or www.havenhomestead.com
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