Big decisions are coming down in Clark County, Washington, the sprawling area surrounding Vancouver (Washington) that’s functionally part of greater Portland. The county is working on its 20-year growth plan and the implications are huge.

There’s momentum in the county, though no consensus yet, to slow the pace of growth and concentrate development in existing neighborhoods.

The sprawling record Clark County is trying to recover from is evident in the map below, which shows populatiown growth in rural areas around greater Portland. Clark County is the area north of the Columbia River.