Volunteers Needed for Newly Formed Equestrian Task Force

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The Clark County manager is seeking volunteers to serve on the county’s newly-created rural equestrian facilities stakeholder workgroup.

In December 2020, the Clark County Council directed staff to convene a rural equestrian facility stakeholder workgroup to develop recommendations for county code and policy revisions to mitigate operational impacts of such facilities on adjacent neighbors and neighborhoods.

The six-member workgroup will serve until the county council takes final action on the group’s recommendations – up to 12 months if needed.

The county is looking for volunteers to represent the following:

Rural equestrian facilities
Horse boarding facilities
Riding clubs
Affected neighboring property owners
Rural home-owners associations

The sixth position will be recommended by the Neighborhood Association Council of Clark County to represent rural neighborhood associations.

The primary focus of the workgroup will be to review:

Building permitting requirements (e.g. setback distances, storm drainage, occupancy limits, etc.)
Private vs. public use (e.g. requirements standards, etc.)
Operational impacts (e.g. noise, odor, dust, traffic, etc.)
Conversion of existing buildings (both permitted and unpermitted) for equestrian facility use.

The workgroup will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The first meeting will take place on Monday, May 24. Due to COVID-19 safety protocol, meetings will be held online using the Microsoft Teams Meeting platform.

Anyone interested in applying should send a résumé and letter of interest to Michelle Pfenning in the County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov.

The deadline for application is 5:00 PM, Friday, May 14, 2021.

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