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Columbia River Gorge Commission

RCW 43.97

The Columbia River Gorge Commission serves as the primary regional planning agency and one of the chief stewards of a national treasure – the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, in partnership with Washington, Oregon, six counties, thirteen communities, the United States Forest Service, the four Native American Treaty Tribes, residents and citizens. Created under the National Scenic Area Act and an interstate compact between Washington and Oregon, the bi-state Gorge Commission is mandated to protect and enhance the scenic, natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge and to protect and support the economy of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area area by encouraging growth in existing urban areas and by allowing economic development consistent with resource protection. Among its many roles, the Commission develops and implements policies for land use and resource protection and is responsible for coordinated and consistent implementation of the National Scenic Area Management Plan and land-use ordinances. The Commission is also responsible to hear and resolve appeals of land-use decisions in the National Scenic Area. The Commission's programs are based on its federal statutory responsibilities described by the National Scenic Act, and in the bi-state Columbia River Gorge Compact.

Agency Mission

The mission of the Columbia River Gorge Commission is to establish, implement, and enforce policies and programs that protect and enhance the scenic, natural, recreational and cultural resources of the Columbia River Gorge, and support the economy of the area by encouraging growth to occur in existing urban areas and allowing economic development consistent with resource protection.
Request 2,783,000
Net change from current biennium 320,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 13.0% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
32,000 General Fund - Federal 15,000 32,000 32,000
1,198,000 40,000 General Fund - Private/Local 1,099,136 1,158,000 1,272,000
1,273,000 General Fund - State 961,110 1,273,000 1,479,000
46,000 46,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 46,000
2,549,000 86,000 Total Appropriated Funds 2,121,246 2,463,000 2,783,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 1,122,477 1,173,634 501,671 1,380,000 1,403,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
256,595 13.8% (445,941) (21.0%) 1,107,695 66.1%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 6.9 7.5 7.5 8.0 7.9