Goldendale is near the geographic center of Klickitat County and has the Little Klickitat River running through it. The city obtained its start as a watering stop on the Yakima – Okanogan wagon trail. The first plat was recorded in 1872 and the city was incorporated in 1879. Goldendale is now the largest city in Klickitat County as well as the county seat. It serves as the regional service center.
Goldendale, Washington is located on a fertile plateau some 100 east of Portland, Oregon, 70 miles south of Yakima, Washington, and 100 miles west of the Tri-Cities. The majestic Columbia River is only 13 miles south of the city. The terrain is generally rolling with an elevation of 1620’ at the airport. The Simcoe mountains, visible from the City, rise in the north to an elevation of 5500’. Four mountain tops, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens are visible from certain places in the city.
05-25-18 - Pump Storage Project
Much positive interest has been expressed by Goldendale residents regarding the pumped storage project being pursued by National Grid and Rye Development. Long-term economic impacts in the form of new jobs, tax base increases, and expanded retail sales would be very beneficial for our community. This project will create 144 permanent, local jobs (Operations and Maintenance) when fully built out. Numerous short-term jobs – many for area workers -- would be generated over the 3-5 year construction cycle. The following is the presentation given during the Goldendale Energy Center Meeting on May 15th at the Klickitat County Public Utility District meeting.
05-24-18 - Seasonal Maintenance Worker Position Available
The City of Goldendale is accepting applications for a Seasonal Maintenance Worker, non-union, 40 hours per week, up to 6 months employment. Experience in working on water systems and park maintenance is preferred. A high school diploma or GED is required. A valid Washington State driver’s license is required. Salary: $12.48-14.74 per hour. Application packets are available by contacting Connie Byers at the City of Goldendale, 1103 S Columbus Ave., Goldendale WA 98620; phone 509-773-3771. Click here to download the full description and application. When applying, please include a resume. Closing date: Monday, May 30, 2018, 5:00pm. The City of Goldendale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
02-07-18 - State of the City Report 2017
The State of the City Report is an annual year in review of activities (drawn from Department annual reports) carried out by the Goldendale City Council and City Staff, and recommendations of the four City Council Standing Committees during 2017. Some projections for 2018 are also included. Its aim is to inform residents of Goldendale of city government decisions and actions that impact their community. This report includes information on Council directed activities (i.e., public safety, economic development, tourism, code enforcement, etc.) and specific activities carried out by City Departments. This report is an effort to provide greater transparency, promote active discussion and interaction between the citizens of Goldendale and their local government. Read more...
As a result of a community survey, the citizen’s rated “Clean up the City” as the number 1 priority of the City. The Chamber-sponsored Economic Development Committee feels the city should pursue individuals, commercial and industrial property owners to eliminate nuisances in our community. In a recent City Council it was again reminded by the citizen to “enforce the current codes”. We need everyone’s help.As a result of a community survey, the citizen’s rated “Clean up the City” as the number 1 priority of the City. The Chamber-sponsored Economic Development Committee feels the city should pursue individuals, commercial and industrial property owners to eliminate nuisances in our community. In a recent City Council it was again reminded by the citizen to “enforce the current codes”. We need everyone’s help.
In response to this overwhelming mandate, the City is promoting Voluntary Compliance. Without voluntary compliance we will notify property owners and residents of conditions that are creating a nuisance:
Nuisance types, including but not limited to the following:
01-20-17 Mayor Mike\'s Update
04-16-14 - Updated Zoning Map for the City of Goldendale
Click here to view the updated zoning map (PDF).
Mon June 4, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:00pm City Council Meeting
Mon June 18, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:00pm City Council Meeting
Mon July 2, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:00pm City Council Meeting
Mon July 16, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:00pm City Council Meeting
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