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.

 

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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...

 

04-04-18 Voluntary Compliance Requested

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:

  1. Attractive Nuisance – In or on or around a building or an occupied lot which might be expected to attract children and constitute a danger to them.
  2. Filthiness – Or that which is dangerous to human life or detrimental to health.
  3. Accumulation of materials
    1. Accumulations of litter, glass, scrap materials, household waste, junk, combustible materials. (Wood, Metal, Paper, Plastics.)Accumulations of litter, glass, scrap materials, household waste, junk, combustible materials. (Wood, Metal, Paper, Plastics.)
    2. Accumulation of dead bushes, tree stumps and dead, dying or dangerous trees.
    3. Accumulation of dead organic matter and yard debris, leaves, with the exception of small accumulations in a maintained compost area on the property and only if such material does not result in a nuisance or harbor rodents.
    4. Accumulation of clothing or other household items not designed for outdoor storage.
  4. Storage of non-trash items
    1. Accumulation of wood pallets.
    2. Any woody debris and all firewood that is not stacked and usable.
    3. All construction materials, except those that are neatly stacked and stored in a manner to prevent their utility and prevent deterioration.
    4. Accumulation of vehicle parts and tires.
    5. All appliances or appliance parts except for storage of appliances that are reasonably expected to be used at the site and are stored in a manner to protect their utility and prevents deterioration.
    6. All indoor furniture except that which is stored to protect its utility and to prevent deterioration and is reasonably expected to be used at the property.
  5. All recycling material except for reasonable accumulations consistent with regular removal and stored in a well maintained manner. Any wrecked, inoperable, abandoned or disassembled equipment or vehicles.
  6. Any vehicle(s) or recreational vehicle(s) parking outside the designated driveway.
  7. Vegetation control, tall grasses and wees in excess of 6”, unsound structures, fences and other fixtures.
  8. Inadequate maintenance or dilapidation of structures or abandonment.Inadequate maintenance or dilapidation of structures or abandonment.Parking nuisances, including but not limited to the following:
    1. Parking the wrong way.
    2. Inoperable vehicles.
    3. Expired license plates.
    4. railers in the city street right-of-way.
    5. Recreational vehicles in the city street right-of-way.
    6. 72 hour parking limit.

 

01-20-17 Mayor Mike\'s Update

Click here to read Mayor Mike\'s 2016 State of the City Report.

 

04-16-14 - Updated Zoning Map for the City of Goldendale
Click here to view the updated zoning map (PDF).

 

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