Planning and Community Development

GHCOG provides planning capabilities to assist individual communities and to address regional problems; it serves as a regional coordinating body; and provides the planning framework within which physical and social plans can be developed. GHCOG planning projects range from specific city plans to regional efforts. GHCOG staff consult with member agencies on a variety of public issues, including: comprehensive planning, capital facilities planning, recreation planning, economic development, transit and transportation planning.

Community development is a major goal for most of GHCOG members, and the region as a whole has significant community development needs. The Grays Harbor economy is transitioning from its traditional natural resource-based industries to a service and tourist-based economy, as the area attracts increasing numbers of retirees and vacationers. GHCOG provides resources to help communities identify and attain their goals. We offer a wide range of services to address these goals including: grant and loan research and writing assistance, community consensus building, research and collecting community demographic data, and house a library of local and regional plans and research materials.

Brownfields Site Reuse & Revitalization Program

The Site Reuse and Revitalization Program is funded by two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Grants awarded in 2017 to a Coalition led by the Grays Harbor Council of Governments (GHCOG) and supported by the Cities of Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis. The Program is managed by GHCOG with support from an environmental consulting team led by Stantec Consulting Services Inc.. The grants will fund Environmental Site Assessments and other cleanup/reuse activities at publicly and privately-owned brownfield sites over a three-year period (through September 2020).

For more information on the program, see the program website, link provided below.

EPA Brownfields Program website

Recent Planning and Community Development Projects

Park and Recreation Plans

CONNECT Grays Harbor - Active Transportation Coalition
GHCOG is supported the Grays Harbor Public Health Department's CONNECT Grays Harbor project which identified recreational and cross county bicycle routes and trails in Grays Harbor. CONNECT Grays Harbor builds on the work from the pilot project, Active Living Project - Biking Assessment. With route and trail data in hand, Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services formed a partnership with Grays Harbor Tourism to produce the Bicycle Map for Grays Harbor as a new addition to the active living map series.

The Bicycle Map is a comprehensive bike map helping residents and visitors chart their bicycle courses along roads and trails throughout the area. From quiet country roads to adrenalin producing trails, this map provides information about a variety of terrain for cyclists of all types, ages and abilities. Below link to PDFs of the Guide to Bicycling the Roads & Trails of Grays Harbor County, sponsored by Grays Harbor Tourism.

Bicycling Grays Harbor Map

The bicycle route data is published via an online viewer, link below.

CONNECT Grays Harbor - Connection and Recreation Routes online map viewer

Disclaimer: This map is for planning purposes only. The Grays Harbor Council of Governments makes no representations as to the accuracy or fitness of the information for a particular purpose.

Active Living Project – Biking Assessment
The Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services Department and the Grays Harbor Council of Governments worked together to develop an assessment of existing bicycle facilities. A small pilot project within the main urban core of Grays Harbor (Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, and Hoquiam) was completed to identify existing bicycling facilities preferred bicycle street routes; community activity centers and destinations; and impediments to biking. For more project conclusions and summary, mapping products, and other information please see the biking assessment page.
Active Living - Biking Assessment 2012 pilot study

Cherry Street Aberdeen
Cherry Street, Aberdeen