Code Amendments

The Ridgefield Community Development Department is processing a set of code amendments in order to bring the code up-to-date and to address some of the development standards to further promote a livable community in Ridgefield. Below is the link and we welcome any comments you may have on any of the proposed code sections. This online public comment period will remain open until City Council’s hearing tentatively set for October 2019, to consider adoption of the proposed code amendment. To view the proposed amendments and submit online comment, click here. 

An Open House will be held to discuss these code amendments on Thursday, August 29th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Columbia Assembly Room at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center located at 510 Pioneer St.

New Community Development Department Director

After an extensive nationwide search process, the City of Ridgefield has hired Louisa Garbo to serve as the City’s Community Development Department Director. Ms. Garbo fills a position which was previously held for 4 years by Jeff Niten, who in January, 2019, was hired to serve as the City of Shelton’s City Manager.

Ms. Garbo is a certified planner, a certified mediator, and an accredited LEED green associate. Ms. Garbo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master’s Degree in City Planning, Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Arts in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding. Ms. Garbo has extensive experience in local government administration, policy, and land use planning. She most recently served as the Community Development Director for Kitsap County, WA, with prior work as a Director of Planning in the City of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, and as a City planner in Arizona for over a decade.

“I enjoy living in the West Coast and want to work in a smaller community where I can make a greater impact in help building a sustainable community. I looked up and down the West Coast for a growing community with a commitment to sustainability and a clear vision, where I felt my experience and commitment to innovative planning would be valued and valuable. I learned a lot through the interview process; after meeting with the community and the dedicated and talented people working for the City, I felt Ridgefield checked all the boxes for me,” said Ms. Garbo.

City Manager Steve Stuart said of Ms. Garbo, “We are really excited that Louisa is joining our team. She is widely recognized as a visionary at strategic planning and has a proven track record of success creating innovative ways to connect people with place.” Beyond her planning and management skills, Stuart noted that “Louisa’s Fine Arts background offers a unique opportunity to enhance our partnerships with Ridgefield organizations like Ridgefield Main Street and Ridgefield Arts Association who are working to beautify and revitalize our Arts Quarter and historic Destination Downtown.”

Ms. Garbo will begin work at the City of Ridgefield on May 1.

New City Council Person

The Ridgefield City Council is excited to introduce Jennifer Lindsay as our new City Council member !! Jennifer has served on the Ridgefield Planning Commission for two years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the City Council !! Congratulations Jennifer !!!

City Council Position Opens

The City of Ridgefield has announced the vacancy of a City Council position and is accepting applications to fill the vacant position. The position will be vacant effective October 1, 2018 because John Main resigned his position to move to Idaho with his family.

State law provides that City Council “shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacant position.” Therefore, the City has begun a recruitment and selection process for appointment. The timeline for filling the Council vacancy is as follows:

September 14, 2018: Application packets due to the City Clerk by 5 pm.

October 4, 2018: Candidate interviews.

October 11, 2018: New Council member swearing-in.

To be eligible to serve on the City Council, applicants must be registered to vote in Ridgefield and have resided within the city limits for a minimum of one year. Interested applicants may find information and an application packet at Web Site: https://ridgefieldwa.us/city-council-vacancy/ City Hall: 230 Pioneer Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642 Contact: Julie Ferriss, City Clerk 360.887.3557

Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. September 14, 2018.

John Main Resigns

Ridgefield City Councilmember John Main is resigning his position effective October 1, 2018 due to his plans to move out of the City. He and his wife, Tami, are moving to Idaho to be closer to his adult children and two grandchildren.

“My decision to end my term early is not without a lot of personal reflection,” John said. “I am happy to have had the opportunity to work with the Council, staff and so many wonderful residents and to serve the City of Ridgefield. With the new Outdoor Recreation Center, grocery store and Vancouver Clinic; Ridgefield has a bright future ahead as a great place to live, play and raise a family.”

John Main is the Councilor with a bike. In his own words, “You’ll see me more on my bike downtown than you will ever see me driving my car.” For that reason, he has played an active role in planning and developing multi‐modal trails that connect the Ridgefield community. But, his primary focus and passion has been enhancing the Ridgefield community through promoting the arts. John joined the City Council in 2012 following two years on the Planning Commission. With his leadership, Ridgefield established an Arts Quarter in 2017 that will bring a strong, vibrant arts scene to downtown Ridgefield.

John has also represented Ridgefield interests as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for CTRAN; as the Treasurer for the Ridgefield Art Association and as a member of the Ridgefield Main Street Board. After being informed of the resignation, Mayor Don Stose thanked John for his work on the City Council. “On behalf of the entire City Council, I want to express my sincere appreciation to John for his exceptional service to the City of Ridgefield and wish him much happiness and success as he begins this new chapter in his life.”

With a vacancy on the Council, the Council will begin a process to appoint a qualified replacement. While John’s term does not end until December 2021, Washington law will require the appointee to run for election in 2019.

Note from Kathy – Having John and Tami Main move out of our area will leave a big hole. They both were involved in so many things. We wish them good luck in their new endeavor.

City Council to Vote on Arts Quarter Tonight

Ridgefield City Council will vote on Ordinance 1263 at their meeting tonight, designating an “Arts Quarter” in downtown Ridgefield.

THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!!! And very exciting for our town.

If you can find the energy to attend tonight’s city council meeting (and even speak if you are feel moved to do so), this will show the city council how much we really care about having art in the forefront of this growing town.

The meeting starts at 6:30 in the community center. I hope to see you there!

Meeting on Gee Creek Sub-Area Plan

Ridgefield Development Code Amendments: Gee Creek sub-area plan
Notice is hereby given that the Ridgefield City Council will hold a Public Hearing on
Thursday November 16, 2017 beginning at 6:30 PM, at the Ridgefield Community
Center, 210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, Washington.

The proposal is to adopt a sub-area plan for the Gee Creek Plateau area generally
bounded by Gee Creek to the south and west, South 45th Avenue to the east and
the alignment of S. 5th Way to the north.

This notice is intended to invite interested persons to appear at the public hearings
and submit written or oral comments on the proposed amendments. Written
comments should be directed to the Ridgefield City Clerk, PO Box 608, 230 Pioneer
St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, no later than 4:30 PM on November 16, 2017.
Comments may also be submitted into the record at the public hearings.

Information regarding the proposed amendments is available to the public on
request at Ridgefield City Hall, 230 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA, during normal
weekday business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM.
The staff report will be available November 9, 2017.

City of Ridgefield
Published: October 11, 2017

City Wins Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Ridgefield by the government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2016 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program which include demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The GFOA also recognized the City’s Finance Department with an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement as the department primarily responsible for preparing the CAFR.

The City has received the Certificate of Achievement for three consecutive years. This significant accomplishment was driven by the Ridgefield City Council’s commitment to transparent government, promoting accountability, and being conscientious stewards of public funds. “The City is constantly striving to improve how it communicates with the public and this award recognizes our progress in that effort,” said Mayor Ron Onslow. “I am very proud of the Finance Department team for preparing financial statements that inform, enlighten and communicate the City’s financial story to the public,” said Kirk Johnson, Finance Director.

Board and Commission Volunteers Needed

The City is Accepting Applications for Its Boards and Commissions

The City of Ridgefield is seeking applicants to fill vacant positions on its volunteer Planning Commission, Salary Commission, Parks Board and Civil Service Commission. All positions will be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Completed applications must be received by the end of business on October 31, 2017.

Each Commission and Board serves as a citizen advisory body, and makes recommendations to the City Council. The time commitment includes regular attendance at meetings and preparation for meetings by reviewing written materials. Attendance at other sub-committee or City Council meetings or research may be required.

For an application or additional information about the qualification requirements, see the Job Opportunities page or contact Julie Ferriss, City Clerk at (360) 887-3557, at City Hall, 230 Pioneer Street in Ridgefield, or by email at Julie.Ferriss@ci.ridgefield.wa.us.

For more information about a particular Commission or Board, including links to meeting agendas and minutes, please visit Boards and Commission page.

Councilors File for Re-Election

Don Stose, John Main, and Ron Onslow all filed this morning for reelection to Ridgefield City Council seats, and Emily Enquist filed for a position on the Ridgefield School Board.

Hillhurst Highlands Planned Unit Development project.

The City will conduct a public hearing on the proposed subdivision of 25.05 acres on land on 3 tax lots at 24304 NW Hillhurst Road on May 15, 2017 at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA beginning at 6:30 PM. The public is invited to present written comments or to testify.

The land is now zoned RLD-r and the proposal is to build 79 housing units, including open space, parks, trails, road and utility improvements. The applicant is Hinton Development Corporation.

If you are concerned about too many new homes being built in Ridgefield this is the time to make your views known.

The application materials are available for inspection on request at City Hall, 230 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA, during normal weekday business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM. Printed copies of the application materials are available at a reasonable cost. A staff report will be available for review on May 8, 2017.

 

 

Ridgefield’s Community Development Report

I you are interested in reading Ridgefield’s Community Development Report for April, follow this link: http://ridgefieldwa.us/wp-content/uploads/4-2017.pdf

Hillhurst Highlands Planned Unit Development project.

The City will conduct a public hearing on the proposed subdivision of 25.05 acres on land on 3 tax lots at 24304 NW Hillhurst Road on May 15, 2017 at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA beginning at 6:30 PM. The public is invited to present written comments or to testify.

The land is now zoned RLD-r and the proposal is to build 79 housing units, including open space, parks, trails, road and utility improvements. The applicant is Hinton Development Corporation.

If you are concerned about too many new homes being built in Ridgefield this is the time to make your views known.

The application materials are available for inspection on request at City Hall, 230 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA, during normal weekday business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM. Printed copies of the application materials are available at a reasonable cost. A staff report will be available for review on May 8, 2017.

Save the Date!

Mayor Ron Onslow will give the State of the City address February 7th at 6pm in the Performing Arts Center at Ridgefield High School. The subject is: “Growth/Inspiration/Opportunity”. He is  inviting everyone and including a first grade and third grade class.  Our growth, businesses, projects and future will be featured.

New Officer in Ridgefield

Last night I attended the City Council meeting, where Officer George Turkov was sworn in as a new member of the Police Force.

City Clerk swears in Office Turkov

City Clerk swears in Office Turkov

Officer Turkov was born in part of the former Russia, and moved to Sacramento as a child. He has been through training, and will be a welcome addition to our city.

Please welcome Officer Turkov and his wife Christine.