The City of Pasco sits on the Columbia River in southwest Washington. The Lewis and Clark Expedition once camped nearby, but a lot’s changed for this former railroad town turned agricultural center, as its population climbs steadily upward.
The City has seen a 28% increase in population since 2000, and is now home to 80,000 residents. Another 50,000 are expected in the next 20 years. As one of the fastest-growing communities in the state, Pasco faces the challenge of planning for future growth, providing high levels of services to its residents, and maintaining its essential infrastructure.
To enable growth and development and meet the long-term needs and priorities of its residents, City leaders and planners are taking a proactive approach toward growth and are bringing the Comprehensive Plan to life through collaborative planning and by overhauling the permitting process.
Assistant City Manager Angela Pashon recognized an opportunity with the election of a new Council (the City operates under a council form of government with an appointed city manager). Pashon and her team worked collaboratively with Council to identify opportunities to prepare for growth by tapping state grants, updating zoning to accommodate two and four-family homes, and implementing a new permitting process to simplify the process for developers and residents.
“We are taking every opportunity we can to tap into grants and technical resources to ensure that we are able to accommodate growth now and in the future.”
Angela Pashon, Assistant City Manager, City of Pasco, WA
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