Planning & Community Development

The CWCOG has provided almost 60 years of community planning services to Cowlitz and Wahkiakum County region. This assistance is provided through contractual agreement for services as broad as small city planning to more specific projects such as plan development.

Planning services range from long to short-term plans such as neighborhood development plans, county and city comprehensive plans, emergency preparedness, needs assessments, and land development plans. Other services include code updates, land development reviews, document research, permitting assistance, surveys, environmental impact studies, grant application development, community visualization, geographic information system (GIS), and mapping tools. The CWCOG also is a depository for regional data such as street networks, transportation data, land use, city limits, critical areas, census data, zoning, and aerial photos.

2020 Census Complete Count Committee

Complete Count Committees (CCC) are volunteer committees established to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. CCCs serve as state and local “census ambassador” groups that play an integral part in ensuring a complete and accurate count of the community in the 2020 Census. Success of the census depends on community involvement at every level.

The CWCOG coordinates a Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. The Committee includes representative from both Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties.

The goals of the CWCCC are to increase the self-response rate for households responding online, by phone, or mailing back their questionnaire through a focused, structured, neighbor-to-neighbor program; to utilize the local knowledge, expertise, and influence of each Complete Count Committee member to design and implement a census awareness campaign targeted to the community; and to bring together a cross section of community members whose focus is 2020 Census awareness.

If you would like to be a part of the CWCCC, please contact the CWCOG here.

Regional Information Forums (RIF)

Regional Information Forums (RIF) are facilitated by the CWCOG under the Regional Community Development program. The Forums provide government agencies, public and private industries, and legislators a platform to jointly discuss regional issues. The Cowlitz RIF is held the second Friday of every other month starting in January, and the Wahkiakum RIF the second Tuesday of every quarter.