The Camas business park is moving forward | Camas-Washougal after the record

The Camas Planning Commission has approved preliminary plans for an almost 943,000 square foot industrial business park along Northwest Lake Road. The proposal, which would build two warehouses and a manufacturing building at 4707 (and 4723) NW Lake Road across from the WaferTech campus, will now go to Camas City Council for final approval.

The nominees, Panattoni Development Co, specialize in industrial and office development, have 46 offices worldwide with more than 2,500 customers including Fed Ex, Home Depot, Bridgestone, Tesco, Petsmart, Unilever and HP, and have , according to the company’s website, has developed more than 544 million square feet of space.

City of Camas staff said “a specific user has not been identified for the warehouse buildings at this time.”

“The applicant is currently seeking site plan review approval for the construction of three industrial warehouse/office buildings totaling approximately 942,939 square feet on 74.06 acres spread over two lots within the industrial park area / light commercial of (Camas),” said senior city planner Lauren. Hollenbeck, said in his staff report to the planning commission.

The project would likely be built in three phases, Hollebeck added, with the first phase including a 722,397-square-foot warehouse on the property’s south lot, as well as all roads and utilities. The second phase would build a smaller 127,191 square foot warehouse on the north lot. The third phase would build a 93,351 square foot structure described as a manufacturing building in the city traffic analysis on the south lot.

Hollenbeck said the business park would have access points along “a separate driveway” off Northwest Lake Road as well as north via Northwest Camas Meadows Drive.

The property is surrounded by office buildings to the north, Camas Meadows Golf Course to the northwest, Camas Meadows Golf Driving Range and a single family residence to the northeast, Dwyer Creek Business Park and RV storage to the southwest, WaferTech to the south (across Northwest Lake Road) and a regional commercial zoned single family residence to the southeast.

A few highlights included in the staff report presented to the planning commission on May 17:

  • Wetlands and pastures: The site is primarily used as “actively grazed pasture,” Hollenbeck said in his staff report, and has scattered wooded areas as well as four wetlands on the northern half of the property. The development would remove an existing residence on the site. The developers plan to retain three of the wetlands, Hollenbeck told the planning commission, but would fill in a “low-functioning wetland free of buffer zone regulations due to its isolated location and small size.”
  • Tree plan would retain 50-inch Oregon white oak: The project would also conserve a 50-inch Oregon white oak in one of the wetlands – the only white oak with a diameter at breast height of more than 20 inches according to the applicant’s arborist. The developers plan to keep 476 trees, add 837 in the landscaping: the property has about 800 trees, according to this same report prepared by Teragon & Associates, Inc., in October 2021. As part of the program of City Urban Trees Approved in 2018, developers will need 1,434 trees to meet the city’s requirement of 20 tree units per net acre. The developers proposed to retain 476 of the site’s approximately 800 trees and add 837. The development would either need to add an additional 121 trees or pay “tree credits” to plant trees in another part of town.
  • Traffic impact study shows project could add 100 rush hour journeys: A traffic impact analysis prepared for applicants in November 2021, by Heath & Associates, Inc., shows that the business park would likely generate 1,656 daily trips on average on weekdays with 132 vehicles entering and leaving the park activities during the morning rush hours. (101 vehicles entering and 31 leaving) and 155 vehicles entering and leaving the business park (45 entering and 110 leaving) during evening peak hours. About 20 of these trips in the morning and 12 in the evening would be heavy vehicles.
  • The project would add two new roads: The developers will add a new road along the eastern edge of the site, ‘A Street’, to provide a north-south connection between Lake Road and Camas Meadows Drive, and a new east-west road, ‘B Street’, through the center of the site which may one day connect to future development to the west of the business park. The traffic impact study concluded that developers would have to pay the city just over $550,000 in traffic impact fees (TIF), but “may be eligible for TIF credit to be applied against construction costs associated with street improvements via the new North – South Street A and Street B East-West.
  • The business park will likely have at least 775 parking spaces: According to the staff report on the development of the business park, although “no specific users have been identified at this time for the warehouse buildings”, the applicant stated that approximately 5% of the he space, ie 47,145 square feet, will be reserved for office space. City code requires one parking space per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area for warehouses or storage facilities, but requires one parking space per 250 square feet of gross floor area for general office buildings . Although this formula would require 1,084 parking spaces – 188 for offices and 895 for warehouses – city staff found that, based on the proposed number of vehicle trips included in the traffic analysis, the Applicant’s proposal for 775 parking spaces would meet City requirements. .

Planning commissioners unanimously approved the land use planning proposal at a public hearing on May 17. The business park proposal is now forwarded to Camas City Council for consideration.

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