October 20, 2020
Port of Whitman County
Port of Whitman County Invites Public Input on Draft Plans

Public Comment Period Open Through November 5

Colfax (October 20, 2020) — The Port of Whitman County is seeking public comment on its draft 2021-2025 Strategic Plan and Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements. 

Every five years, the Port revises its plans to reflect new goals, objectives and planned improvements to Port properties. With an update due this year, the Port decided to transition to a new way of documenting Port plans. The content that typically makes up the Port’s Comprehensive Plan was split into two distinct plans for 2021-2025.

All Port property information and planned improvements will be documented in the Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements, while the Strategic Plan will contain the set of goals and objectives adopted by the Port Commission for the next five years.

“While the recognizable elements of our previous Comprehensive Plans will remain unchanged, we hope this new format improves your overall experience with our Port plans by making information easier to find,” Executive Director Joe Poire said.

The draft plans are available for public review at www.portwhitman.com. Written comments may be submitted by email to communications@portwhitman.com; by mail to Port of Whitman County, 302 N. Mill Street, Colfax, WA 99111; or by fax to 509-397-4758 through November 5.  The Port Commission will hold a public hearing at its regular 10 a.m. Thursday, November 5, 2020 meeting to hear verbal comment. The meeting will be online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86590903284.

In addition, the Port is launching a self-assessment tool for the first time. Every year, the Port will publish a report card to assess its progress toward accomplishing strategic goals. The first report card, however, will look back on the past five years of Port performance, as measured against the 2016-2020 Comprehensive Plan. This report is scheduled for publication in December 2020.

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About the Port of Whitman County

The Port of Whitman County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Whitman County through industrial real estate development, preservation of multi-modal transportation, facilitation of economic development and provision of on-water recreational opportunities.