Camas commission gives first push for nearly 1 million square foot business park

The Camas Planning Commission has approved preliminary plans for an almost 943,000 square foot industrial park along Northwest Lake Road.

The proposal would construct two warehouse buildings and a manufacturing building on 74.06 acres at 4707 and 4723 NW Lake Road across from the WaferTech campus. It won the unanimous support of the planning commission and was due to be considered by Camas city council on Monday, which must give its final approval.

The plaintiff, Panattoni Development Co., specializes in industrial and office development, with more than 2,500 customers, including FedEx, Home Depot, Bridgestone, Tesco, PetSmart, Unilever and HP. The company has developed over 544 million square feet of space.

A specific company has not been identified for the warehouse buildings, according to city staff.

The project would likely be built in three phases, said Camas senior planner Lauren Hollenbeck. The first phase would include a 722,397 square foot warehouse on the south lot of the property, as well as all roads and utilities. A second phase would build a smaller 127,191 square foot warehouse on the north lot. A third phase would see a 93,351 square foot structure described as a manufacturing building in the city traffic analysis for 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 site is currently used as pasture, with scattered wooded areas and four wetlands on the northern half of the property. 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.”

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 retain 476 trees and add 837 to the landscaping. Under the city’s urban tree program approved in 2018, developers will need to have 1,434 trees to meet the city’s requirement of 20 tree units per net acre.

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.

The developers will add a new road along the eastern edge of the site, to provide a north-south connection between Lake Road and Camas Meadows Drive, and a new east-west road through the center of the site which may one day connect to the future western development of the business park.

Aurora J. William