Council adopts vision plan for 2040

By on Thursday, January 27th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

HERMISTON – The Hermiston 2040 Task Force spent almost two years surveying and studying what residents would like to see in the long term for the growing city. The results of surveys, meetings, and interviews have now been compiled into a final report, and with tongue in cheek, Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan says he found the report to be boring.

“I think it’s boring in the sense that it’s exactly what we expected, and that’s really good to see,” Morgan explained. “If you read through the Hermiston 2040 Vision, it’s exactly what you’d expect.

He said the report takes a broader view, although plenty of people who responded to surveys were much more specific.

“Everyone wants Costco, Target, Olive Garden, and all those things,” he said. “The value that the steering committee was able to provide is taking almost a thousand direct responses from folks and then sift through all that and aggregate everything, you can start to see some generalized themes come out of that.”

The goals include expanding retail, dining, and community attractions; increasing housing; and providing a world-class education.