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Snowden Begins Planning Update Process

Council has invited county to next meeting on April 5

A Comprehensive Plan update is about to begin for the Snowden/Burdoin Mountain planning area.

To kick off the update, the Snowden Community Council has invited Klickitat County Commissioner Don Struck, Planning Director Curt Dreyer, and consultant Dan Meader of Tenneson Engineering to attend the Snowden Community Council's next meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 5. The meeting will be held at the Cherry Lane Fire Station beginning at 7 p.m.

Dreyer and Meader will explain the process and timetable for conducting the plan update. The county has hired Meader to gather relevant data, such as growth projections for the community.

The Snowden/Burdoin Mountain planning area covers about 53 square miles north and east of White Salmon. The main roads serving the area are Snowden, Bates, Acme, and Courtney.

The Comprehensive Plan sets goals and policies for the area, with maps drawn in consideration of transportation needs, the environment, natural resources, housing, the economy, and public services. The document is designed to guide county government in making land use decisions and enacting zoning ordinances.

In 1979, the county's Planning Commission gave each of the county's planning areas an opportunity "to prepare detailed master plans that conform to the desires of the residents." This act led to the formation of the Snowden Community Council, a group of Snowden residents who worked for two long years to develop a master plan for the area.

The last revisions to the Snowden plan were made in 1987.

All residents of Snowden and Burdoin Mountain are welcome to attend Snowden Community Council meetings, held regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Cherry Lane Fire Station.

The council is also looking for three Snowden/Burdoin Mountain residents to volunteer to serve on a committee that will lead the comprehensive review process. Those interested can contact council chair Jody Fleury at 493-8203.

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