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Dayton, WA 99328


Columbia County Comprehensive Plan Info
A Look Back

On August 19th, 1974, the Columbia County Planning Department was born into existence by Resolution 74-17. In 1990, Washington State passed the Growth Management Act, mandating Washington counties to craft development regulations, including the Comprehensive Plan.

Columbia County last completed a full comprehensive plan update with the adoption of the Columbia County 2008 Comprehensive Plan. That plan has been amended regularly over the years to address specific issues, but the complete review process now being undertaken allows for addressing new priorities and broader policy issues.

Columbia County's Current Comprehensive Plan    l     Previous Comprehensive Plans

As with the current update, earlier plans relied heavily on public input. 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 - County Results

1973 Developmental Survey - Dayton/Starbuck/Col. Co. Combined Results


Looking Forward

The Columbia County Comprehensive Plan is the long-range guiding policy document for all land use and development regulations in unincorporated Columbia County, and for regional serviced throughout the County including transit, sewers, parks, trails and open space.


Elected and appointed officials, the Planning and Building Department, professional consultants, residents, businesses, non-profits and community groups work together in the development of the Comprehensive Plan  to ensure that Columbia County manages growth effectively, protects rural and resource lands, and remains in compliance with the Growth Management Act.

Interested parties can suggest changes and updates to the current plan through the Docketing Process.

Some of the issues to be considered as the 2020 Comprehensive Plan is developed include: 




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