Comments sought on Duvall's comp plan
October 2, 2008 · Updated 2:56 PM
DUVALL The City of Duvall is looking for public input on
this year's Comprehensive Plan update. The Duvall Comprehensive Plan
Update Task Force will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on March 22 in the Rose
Room of the Duvall Library. Officials urge residents to participate in the
forum to share their ideas about what they want Duvall to look like in the
"This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions on
our policies," said Planning Director Doreen Wise. "This is the plan
that guides all development in the City of Duvall."
The plan was originally adopted in 1994 and this will be the first
revision since its inception. Wise said a draft of the plan will probably be
finished by the end of June and it will head to the council for approval
in August or September.
Some of the major issues the city will address this year include
policies for parks and recreation areas, capital facilities projects and the future
look of State Route 203. Many of those same concerns were recently
addressed by the Duvall Chamber of Commerce in a letter to the city
"Several years ago we did a survey on the business community
and had a task force formed to set a vision and long-term goals to maintain
the [city's] character and business viability," explained Chuck Whitfields,
a member of the Chamber.
From that survey the Chamber was able to establish what people felt
was important to the community utilizing the trail systems and water
access in town, improving parking, educating visitors and residents
about Duvall's history and more.
"It's useful to have letters from organizations to prioritize
[our projects]," said Public Works Director Elizabeth Goode. "We don't
have the money to do everything everyone wants. I really appreciate that
the Chamber is being clear on what's important."
And the partnership has already been successful in mediating the
city's and businesses' need for parking. In response to the Chamber's request,
the city was able to create 13 more stalls on Stella Street behind the police
"That's the Chamber taking the time to prioritize so we can see if
we have the money and if we can do it," Goode said.
Other suggestions by the Chamber include:
Acquire six acres near McCormick Park for parking, an
arts center and restroom;
Construct more restrooms in downtown;
Develop a Downtown/Riverfront Plan to determine potential
economic benefits from parks, trails and cultural arts center;
Prevent SR 203 from becoming a four-lane highway and conduct
a study on the Main Street corridor; and
Establish an antique farm and logging equipment museum.
"We want to make Duvall an easy place to connect and shop and make
it easily accessible to pedestrians," said Chamber President Joan Ramsey
of the letter's intent. "And we'd like to keep the history alive."
For more information about the city's Comprehensive Plan update,
call Janet Lewine at (425) 788-2779. A copy of the current plan is
available for review at City Hall.