Planning / Community Development

Program Overview
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Program Overview

The CWCOG, formed over 50 years ago for the purpose of studying regional and intergovernmental issues, provides a wide variety of planning services. Our dedicated team of experienced, professional planners helps communities with short-range and long-range planning services, code updates, development review services, neighborhood plans, and other services requested by our members, such as:

Document Research and Preparation

CWCOG staff facilitate, research, write and prepare long-range plans. These documents set the course for local and regional growth in order to create thriving, livable communities. Once a plan is completed or updated, a jurisdiction may become eligible to compete for federal or state grants to assist with construction and system improvements identified in these plans. Plans may include but are not limited to:Fountain

Code and Permitting Assistance

All communities require codes, permits, and regulations in order to meet federal and state requirements; to implement comprehensive plans; and conduct business in a fair, consistent, and legally defensible fashion. It is sometimes impossible for smaller jurisdictions to keep up with the ever-changing laws that apply to their communities. CWCOG staff specializes in these areas to aid local jurisdictions in meeting new or amended statutes. Our expertise includes:

Other Assistance

Grant Application Development

CWCOG staff is available to help identify sources of funding for almost any type of improvement project by matching your community’s needs with appropriate potential funding sources. Services include:

Community Visualization

Visual simulation software allows Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based analysis and real-world 3D modeling so people can envision land-use alternatives and understand potential impacts, explore options, share possibilities, and examine scenarios. By looking at a variety of angles and perspectives, including environmental, economic, and social characteristics, people with different viewpoints and backgrounds can engage in collaborative and informed decision-making about their community’s future. Community VIZ turns civic innovation into everyday practice.

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Data & Information Services

Data Clearinghouse

CWCOG is currently collecting data products to make available to its membership and the general public via its website and other channels.  The goal is to create a repository of local, state, and federal resources for convenient and efficient access to a wide array of plans and data to meet the needs of our members and organizations that serve our communities.

 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

aeria3-7thAvePkThe CWCOG has been working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology for over 14 years. During this time, CWCOG has been collecting data and spatially referencing information for the region.  Our GIS is made up of many complex data layers built from information gathered throughout our planning area, including such features as:

GIS is used to support CWCOG's transportation, environmental, and community development planning projects. We work closely with our members to facilitate the sharing of GIS data among governmental agencies and with the public to ensure the information is accurate, up-to-date, and readily available.

CWCOG can provide various GIS services such as creating maps and data layers, analyzing data, and creating geodatabase systems for local jurisdictions.  Please contact us if you are interested in this service or have any questions. 

Healthy Communities

For the Healthy Communities by Design Toolkit click here.

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Calendar

calendar iconThe Cowlitz-Wahkiakum GIS Users Group meets in the General Meeting Room at the County Administration building on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 3:00 - 4:30. 

The CWCOG is hosting a Community Development Forum on June 27th from 3pm-5pm at the Cowlitz County Regional Conference Center in Longview, 1900 7th Ave SW.  This event is to bring housing and community development program representatives, community leaders, and others together to discuss community development programs.  RSVP to the CWCOG's front office if you plan to attend.

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Contact Staff

For further information, please contact us at cwcog@cwcog.org, or call 360.577.3041.

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments
Administration Annex
207 4th Avenue N
Kelso, WA 98626

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Directions to our office

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