Port of Camas-Washougal

Port Proposes Adjustment to Port District Boundaries

Port Proposes Adjustment to Port District Boundaries

Monday, August 08, 2011

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The Port of Camas-Washougal has announced a public hearing process to redraw port district boundaries as a result of population changes determined by the 2010 U.S. Census.PortRedistrictingFINAL08-08-11.pdf

“Under Washington State law, the port is required to address any imbalances in port districts and the data provided to us by Clark County indicates a need to redraw the boundary lines to reflect population growth,” said David Ripp, executive director for the port. “Generally speaking, the population increases correspond with growth in more urban areas and the proposed boundary lines of each of the three port districts are being modified to balance these updated census counts.”

The port website has a map of the current port districts and a revised map with the proposed changes here: http://portcw.com/index.php/about/commission/.

A public hearing has been scheduled at the port office, in the commissioner boardroom on Tuesday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m. The commission anticipates making a decision about the proposed changes on Sept. 6 at the regularly scheduled commission meeting.

According to 2010 U.S. Census figures, the Washington State population grew 14.1 percent since the 2010 census. The Clark County government has determined that the recent census figures indicate that population counts in each port district do not meet the requirement for a balanced population distribution and requires the port to adopt new boundary lines so that each district contains approximately equal population. If adopted, the new boundaries will not change the districts represented by the sitting commissioners or those running for office in the 2011 election, since they already reside within their district‘s new boundaries.

Following a public hearing and adoption by resolution of the proposed changes, the redistricting plan is provided to the county auditor. Legislative approval of the boundary lines is expected in early 2012, with notification of changed districts sent to voters in the early spring of 2012.

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