Port of Camas-Washougal to hold community open house

Meeting will outline plans for port development with RKm 

WASHOUGAL — The Port of Camas-Washougal is set to hold a community open house on Aug. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at the port office meeting room and will cover the development of the waterfront property with RKm Development. 

Port of Camas-Washougal to hold community open house
An aerial view of the most recently developed Waterfront Park, just east of the marina. The surrounding area is what will become the Port of Camas-Washougal’s new development starting this year. Photo by Jacob Granneman

“I’m really excited about one word, it’s possibility,” said Mark Miller, the director of planning and development for the port. “I really believe it’s going to change the identity of not just the port, but all of east county.”  

Miller said the port is looking for community input during this meeting, with specific focus on residents preferences on the look and feel of the design and amenities therin.

The potentially $300 million plus development will be headed by RKm Development and YBA Architects. Matt Brown of YBA and Roy Kim of RKm have made presentations to the port board and will have representation at the open house.  

Three concepts will be presented, with the final product likely being the best elements of all three, Miller said. 

Port of Camas-Washougal to hold community open house
A computer rendering of what the Parker’s Landing waterfront development could look like when construction is completed. Courtesy of Port of Camas-Washougal

“The end result is probably not going to look like any of these three,” he said. “This process of going through and developing these concepts is incredibly important, but it’s somewhat frustrating. People … see these concepts, and they will get attached to it. The intent is to get a feel for what everybody wants and blend all those thoughts together to come up with the end result.”        

Concept A is a boulevard style design, with buildings surrounding and direct connection the the Waterfront Trail. Concept B is designed in a block system with city streets and the grid layout. Finally, Concept C presents a roundabout design approach, which mimics the infrastructure in Washougal’s downtown. 

“Hopefully it will really put us on the map as far as on the national level,” Miller said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity, the setting couldn’t be any more perfect.” 

For more information of the open house or the design concepts, visit the port’s website.  

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Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied journalism and media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and abroad in Argentina. His passions range from sharing the love of Jesus, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA. Proverbs 16:3

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