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.