Our Downtown 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 our downtown.


In conjunction with Our Camas 2045, the City of Camas is developing a downtown subarea plan to establish a more detailed vision and action plan to catalyze public and private investment in our historic downtown that preserves and enhances its unique sense of place. Our Downtown Camas 2045 will be a visionary roadmap that honors our rich heritage and maintains our hometown feel while setting the stage for a thriving future.

Hometown. Downtown. Our Town. Our Downtown 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.


About the Project

Comprehensive plans provide a blueprint for future growth and development within a city or county boundaries and can include planning for multiple areas and neighborhoods. The formation of a subarea plan provides an opportunity to develop a more detailed vision of future growth and development specific to an area with unique characteristics, such as downtown Camas. Similar to a comprehensive plan, a subarea plan identifies goals, policies, and strategies that align with a common community vision. Our Downtown Camas 2045 will include a subarea plan with goals and policies that will help guide future changes in our historic downtown.

Subarea Planning Process

The subarea planning process will begin with the creation of a community vision for downtown Camas, to establish where the community would like the downtown 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 downtown Camas today and what you would change to make downtown Camas an even better place to live, work, and play in the future.



Advisory Committees

Our Downtown Camas 2045 will be guided by three advisory committees – the Community Advisory Committee (CAC), the Downtown Camas Association Committee (DCA), and Project Advisory Committee (PAC). These groups will review and comment on draft products, guide public outreach and engagement efforts, and act as champions of Our Downtown Camas 2045.

Public Involvement

Multiple outreach events will be held to provide community members with opportunities to engage in the planning process. 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.

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 our downtown.


In conjunction with Our Camas 2045, the City of Camas is developing a downtown subarea plan to establish a more detailed vision and action plan to catalyze public and private investment in our historic downtown that preserves and enhances its unique sense of place. Our Downtown Camas 2045 will be a visionary roadmap that honors our rich heritage and maintains our hometown feel while setting the stage for a thriving future.

Hometown. Downtown. Our Town. Our Downtown 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.


About the Project

Comprehensive plans provide a blueprint for future growth and development within a city or county boundaries and can include planning for multiple areas and neighborhoods. The formation of a subarea plan provides an opportunity to develop a more detailed vision of future growth and development specific to an area with unique characteristics, such as downtown Camas. Similar to a comprehensive plan, a subarea plan identifies goals, policies, and strategies that align with a common community vision. Our Downtown Camas 2045 will include a subarea plan with goals and policies that will help guide future changes in our historic downtown.

Subarea Planning Process

The subarea planning process will begin with the creation of a community vision for downtown Camas, to establish where the community would like the downtown 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 downtown Camas today and what you would change to make downtown Camas an even better place to live, work, and play in the future.



Advisory Committees

Our Downtown Camas 2045 will be guided by three advisory committees – the Community Advisory Committee (CAC), the Downtown Camas Association Committee (DCA), and Project Advisory Committee (PAC). These groups will review and comment on draft products, guide public outreach and engagement efforts, and act as champions of Our Downtown Camas 2045.

Public Involvement

Multiple outreach events will be held to provide community members with opportunities to engage in the planning process. 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.

  • 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.

  • Our Camas 2045 Vision Survey

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    Your voice matters, and we want to hear from you! As part of our commitment to building a thriving community, we invite you to participate in the Our Camas 2045 Vision Survey to establish a new community vision for the City's Comprehensive Plan Update (Our Camas 2045) and its sister project, the Downtown Plan (Our Downtown Camas 2045).

    Click here to complete the Our Camas 2045 Vision Survey

    How it Works: This brief survey consists of questions that delve into the aspects you appreciate most about Camas, what can improve, and who should be engaged throughout this process. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes.

    Why Participate:

    • Your perspective matters: Your unique experiences and viewpoints contribute to the diverse tapestry of our community.
    • Shape the future: Your input will directly influence the vision and priorities for Camas in the coming years.
    • Community-driven development: Together, we can work towards creating a Camas that meets the needs and aspirations of its residents and business owners.

    Confidentiality: Your responses are completely confidential. We are interested in your thoughts, not your personal information.

    Thank you for your time and commitment to making Camas an even better place to live, work, and thrive.

  • Our Downtown Camas 2045 - Advisory Committee Interest Form

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of citizens representing a broad cross-section of community interests that support the City of Camas in the preparation of the Our Camas 2045 Comprehensive Plan and the Our Downtown Camas 2045 Subarea Plan. CAC members were selected from interested parties who applied in December 2023. CAC members will review and comment on work products, guide public outreach and engagement efforts, act as liaisons to specific constituencies or interest groups, help host public events, encourage community members to participate in the process, and act as champions of the ultimate Our Camas 2045 Vision, Our Camas 2045 Comprehensive Plan and the Our Downtown Camas 2045 Subarea Plan that emerge from this process.

Page last updated: 27 May 2024, 04:00 PM