Our Camas 2045

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Please join us at our upcoming Community Summit (details above)! Community members will be able to review and vet the draft Vision Statement and participate in discussions to identify priorities and opportunities for achieving the vision. We want to hear your ideas for the opportunities and long-term needs of the city – ranging from future growth to parks and trails, transportation, and natural amenities.


The City of Camas is undertaking a multi-year initiative to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Our Camas 2045 Comprehensive Plan will establish a vision for growth and development and will articulate goals, objectives, policies, and actions to guide our future through 2045. The plan will also address recent changes to Washington’s Growth Management Act related to housing and climate change.

Hometown. Our Town. Our Camas 2045 is a unified endeavor and partnership involving all of our community, our residents, and our local businesses in shaping our future over the next two decades. Our Camas 2045 will be more than just a document; it will be a shared vision that reflects the aspirations and dreams of our town.


About the Project

Our Camas 2045 will update the City’s comprehensive plan to create a guide for future growth and development in Camas over the next 20 years, including goals, objectives, and policies to achieve the community’s vision.

Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) requires every county and city in the state to conduct a periodic update of their comprehensive plan and development regulations. The purpose of a comprehensive plan update is to reevaluate and update the goals, objectives, policies, and actions in response to public input, new state requirements, and changes in the existing conditions or anticipated future conditions.

Comprehensive plans are organized into planning elements, or chapters, that include a vision, overview, goals and policies specific to each element (e.g., land use, transportation). Since the previous update was adopted in 2016, new state legislation on housing (HB 1220, 1110, and 1337) and climate change (HB 1181) has been introduced requiring updates to the housing element and the addition of a climate element.

Updating the existing plan provides our community with an opportunity to craft new policies to help guide future facility and infrastructure investment. Our Camas 2045 will develop the following elements:

  • Community Character (new)
  • Climate (new)
  • Land Use
  • Housing
  • Natural Environment
  • Transportation
  • Public Facilities and Services
  • Economic Development

Planning Process

The planning process will begin with developing a community vision for Camas, to establish where the community would like to be in 20 years. The City will conduct engagement activities including stakeholder interviews, surveys, community events and visioning summits. Visioning activities are anticipated to occur in early 2024 and will be designed to create awareness of the project and engage our community in identifying what you love about Camas today and what you would change to make Camas an even better place to live, work, and play in the future.



Advisory Committees

Our Camas 2045 will be guided by three advisory committees – the Community Advisory Committee (CAC), Project Advisory Committee (PAC), and Climate Policy Advisory Team (CPAT). The committees will review and comment on draft products, guide public outreach and engagement efforts, provide technical and professional direction, act as liaisons to specific interest groups, and act as champions of Our Camas 2045. Committee rosters and meeting summaries can be found under Project Documents tab on the right side of this page.

Public Involvement

Multiple outreach events will be held to provide community members with opportunities to engage in the planning process. Stop by the Our Camas 2045 table at First Fridays, the Farmer's Market, and Camas Days. Fun and engaging community events will provide a variety of activities for Camas community members to share their ideas. Additionally, staff and officials will be available to answer questions and discuss ideas with participants. Upcoming events will be posted to this website and advertised through the City’s social media channels. Stayed tuned for more information about our upcoming Community Summit, June 12th at the Lacamas Lake Lodge.


In conjunction with Our Camas 2045, the City is concurrently developing a subarea plan for downtown Camas. Our Downtown Camas 2045 will set a more detailed vision for Downtown Camas, maintaining its hometown feel while setting the stage for a thriving future.


Please join us at our upcoming Community Summit (details above)! Community members will be able to review and vet the draft Vision Statement and participate in discussions to identify priorities and opportunities for achieving the vision. We want to hear your ideas for the opportunities and long-term needs of the city – ranging from future growth to parks and trails, transportation, and natural amenities.


The City of Camas is undertaking a multi-year initiative to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Our Camas 2045 Comprehensive Plan will establish a vision for growth and development and will articulate goals, objectives, policies, and actions to guide our future through 2045. The plan will also address recent changes to Washington’s Growth Management Act related to housing and climate change.

Hometown. Our Town. Our Camas 2045 is a unified endeavor and partnership involving all of our community, our residents, and our local businesses in shaping our future over the next two decades. Our Camas 2045 will be more than just a document; it will be a shared vision that reflects the aspirations and dreams of our town.


About the Project

Our Camas 2045 will update the City’s comprehensive plan to create a guide for future growth and development in Camas over the next 20 years, including goals, objectives, and policies to achieve the community’s vision.

Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) requires every county and city in the state to conduct a periodic update of their comprehensive plan and development regulations. The purpose of a comprehensive plan update is to reevaluate and update the goals, objectives, policies, and actions in response to public input, new state requirements, and changes in the existing conditions or anticipated future conditions.

Comprehensive plans are organized into planning elements, or chapters, that include a vision, overview, goals and policies specific to each element (e.g., land use, transportation). Since the previous update was adopted in 2016, new state legislation on housing (HB 1220, 1110, and 1337) and climate change (HB 1181) has been introduced requiring updates to the housing element and the addition of a climate element.

Updating the existing plan provides our community with an opportunity to craft new policies to help guide future facility and infrastructure investment. Our Camas 2045 will develop the following elements:

  • Community Character (new)
  • Climate (new)
  • Land Use
  • Housing
  • Natural Environment
  • Transportation
  • Public Facilities and Services
  • Economic Development

Planning Process

The planning process will begin with developing a community vision for Camas, to establish where the community would like to be in 20 years. The City will conduct engagement activities including stakeholder interviews, surveys, community events and visioning summits. Visioning activities are anticipated to occur in early 2024 and will be designed to create awareness of the project and engage our community in identifying what you love about Camas today and what you would change to make Camas an even better place to live, work, and play in the future.



Advisory Committees

Our Camas 2045 will be guided by three advisory committees – the Community Advisory Committee (CAC), Project Advisory Committee (PAC), and Climate Policy Advisory Team (CPAT). The committees will review and comment on draft products, guide public outreach and engagement efforts, provide technical and professional direction, act as liaisons to specific interest groups, and act as champions of Our Camas 2045. Committee rosters and meeting summaries can be found under Project Documents tab on the right side of this page.

Public Involvement

Multiple outreach events will be held to provide community members with opportunities to engage in the planning process. Stop by the Our Camas 2045 table at First Fridays, the Farmer's Market, and Camas Days. Fun and engaging community events will provide a variety of activities for Camas community members to share their ideas. Additionally, staff and officials will be available to answer questions and discuss ideas with participants. Upcoming events will be posted to this website and advertised through the City’s social media channels. Stayed tuned for more information about our upcoming Community Summit, June 12th at the Lacamas Lake Lodge.


In conjunction with Our Camas 2045, the City is concurrently developing a subarea plan for downtown Camas. Our Downtown Camas 2045 will set a more detailed vision for Downtown Camas, maintaining its hometown feel while setting the stage for a thriving future.

  • Host a Community Conversation

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    Our Camas 2045 is a collaborative effort to define the future of our town, so we want to hear from as much of our community as possible. You can help by hosting your own community conversation.

    Community conversations are small group discussions about the future of our community that you can facilitate with community organizations, groups, or clubs. Community conversations are adaptable too, so you can have one with friends or family over dinner, with your classroom, book club, or even virtually.

    We’ve prepared a “Community Conversation Kit” as your go-to resource for organizing and leading impactful community discussions. The kit includes everything you need to facilitate conversations that capture the voices and visions of our community, beginning with the following visioning questions:

    • What makes Camas, including our historic downtown, special today?
    • What should we strive to preserve or enhance?
    • What about Camas, including our historic downtown, would you like to change in the future?
    • What can improve?

    After your meeting, share your meeting notes with the Our Camas 2045 team. Your community conversation will help us create a vision for Our Camas 2045 and Our Downtown Camas 2045.


    Click here to download a Community Conversation Kit.

    While anyone can be a discussion leader, we’re also happy to come to you. Please contact us at OurCamas2045@cityofcamas.us if you’d like one of our staff to facilitate a community conversation with your organization.

Page last updated: 24 May 2024, 03:50 PM