Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life—including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.
As part of the City Leaders Institute, Partners developed a Community Report Card to help civic leaders and citizens think about their community’s strengths and weaknesses in Aging in Place. The report card assesses 11 components and grades the community on how well it is doing in each component of agelessness.
- Community Design and Planning
- Arts, Culture and Lifelong Learning
- Workforce Development
- Transportation and Mobility
- Local Leadership
- Health and Wellness
- Civic Engagement and Volunteer Opportunities
- Public Safety and Services
- Equity of Opportunity
With 60+ miles of bike and multi-use trails, a fantastic climate, wineries, friendly roads, and a central location at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima River, the Tri-Cities has a lot to offer bicycle tourists.
Over $3.1 billion is spent in Washington State each year for biking and the Tri-Cities is well positioned to capitalize on the growing bike tourism market. Learn more at this presentation by experts Russ Roca and Laura Crawford of The Path Less Pedaled, who work with communities to develop strong bicycle tourism destinations and compelling marketing.
Richland is having two public information meetings as part of their Comprehensive Plan Update:
August 30 (Tuesday) 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland.
Sept. 7 (Wednesday) 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Orchard Elementary School, 1600 Gala Way, Richland.
Cities and counties have to update their Comprehensive Plans every 10 years. These meetings are an opportunity for citizens to share their views and ideas about the future of our cities/counties. “The Comprehensive Plan reflects community values and vision for the future and guides the City to determine where new housing, shopping, jobs and infrastructure will be located over the next 20 years” (from the City of Richland). This is a good time to give the cities/counties input on the importance of natural areas/parks/open space to our communities.
For example, as planners and civic leaders push to take control of our shorelines and established wasteway habitats,
What is the value of Columbia Point South as a natural area park?
What is the value of parks and natural areas along the rivers?
What is the benefit of protecting wetlands?
Richland also has an online survey about their Comp Plan update at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016compplan. Password: cor2016. It will be available until Oct. 9.
Nearly 40 city planners, engineers, leaders and interested citizens attended our free Complete Streets training on June 28.
Ben Franklin Transit hosted us in their headquarters, Castle Catering delivered a scrumptious healthy lunch, and much relevant information was shared by all. These community partners joined forces to make the training happen:
Check out the training presentations on the Benton Franklin Council of Governments site:
Attend an Open House to learn about recommendations for
(visit BFTPLAN.ORG to preview)
Wednesday, May 18
Richland Library, 4-7pm 955 Northgate Drive, Richland
Benton City Community Center, 4-7pm 806 Dale Avenue, Benton City
Thursday, May 19
Benton Public Utility District, 4-7pm 250 N. Gap Road, Prosser
Mid-Columbia Library, 3:30-6:30pm 1320 W. Hopkins Street, Pasco
Friday, May 20
Mid-Columbia Library, 4-7pm 3803 W. Van Giesen Street, West Richland
Benton Public Utility District, 4-7pm 2721 W. 10th Avenue, Kennewick
Saturday, May 21
Three Rivers Transit Center, 10am – 1pm 7109 W. Okanogan Place, Kennewick
Benton County Planning Commission
public workshop to review its critical areas ordinance
May 10 at 7 PM
Planning Annex, 1002 Dudley Ave., Prosser
Last on the agenda, the commission will review the Watershed Company’s report on recommended updates to the critical areas ordinance. Critical areas ordinances include wetlands and fish and wildlife habitat areas, both of which are critical to our bird populations.
What is your vision for Kennewick?
Participate in the visioning process!
Community Visioning Open House
May 2, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m. at Benton PUD Auditorium (2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick)
What is the Comprehensive Plan?
Kennewick’s Comprehensive Plan is the basis for all land use planning and growth management actions in the City. The Comprehensive Plan:
- Serves as a blueprint for the future
- Guides decisions on land use, transportation, housing, economic development and the environment
- Sets level of service standards for facilities (roads, parks, etc.) and how to pay for them
- May result in updates to zoning and development regulations (to be consistent with the Plan)
- Meets requirements of the State Growth Management Act
Why should we plan for growth?
Kennewick’s population is expected to grow by 33,754 new residents by 2037, an increase of about 43% over 2015. Planning for this growth will:
- Allow the community to meet future challenges, such as economic development, traffic, or housing affordability
- Help ensure preservation of community values, such as sustainability, good design, or health
- Allow the community to influence issues they care about
How does the Comprehensive Plan affect me?
You may not know it, but your community is shaped by the Comprehensive Plan. Kennewick uses its plan to develop regulations, programs, and services, all of which can affect your day-to-day life. Take a look at the topics the Comprehensive Plan covers:
- Land uses: What your neighborhood is like, where the grocery store is located, attractiveness of the community, health, historic preservation, parks and open space, and more.
- Sustainability: clean air and water, efficient energy use, preservation of open space, trees, health, etc.
- Jobs and economic development: where jobs are located, starting a business, workforce training, education opportunities, etc.
- Housing: affordability, proximity to work, goods, and services; choices for housing types that meet different family needs
- Capital Facilities and Utilities: availability of community facilities, parks, schools, emergency services, etc. to meet the growing community’s needs.
- Transportation: your commute to work, availability of transit, safety of kids traveling to school, mobility options for seniors, traffic congestion, walkability, etc.