Week of 8/3/20
Inside Out policy helps businesses meet physical distancing requirements
Inside Out, a new temporary land use policy, will allow some restaurants, bars, personal services, retail and recreational facilities in unincorporated Washington County to conduct business activities in their adjacent parking lots without a permit.

Inside Out was approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners on July 28 and is in effect for the duration of the Board-declared COVID-19 emergency. The policy complements Washington County’s Small Business Emergency Assistance (SBEA) program.

“Washington County is committed to supporting businesses during this pandemic,” said Kathryn Harrington, Chair, Washington County Board of Commissioners.  “Inside Out will allow businesses to better facilitate physical distancing requirements while providing additional business flexibility.”

Policy requirements for the outdoor areas include:

  • Location must be adjacent to the business.

  • Hours of outdoor operation are 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Ongoing compliance with all COVID-19 related directives.

  • Permission from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission if alcohol is served.

  • Location cannot reduce the number of ADA parking spaces or interfere with loading areas or pathways. ADA facilities can be relocated but must meet ADA requirements.

Significant Natural Resources ordinance filed
Ordinance No. 869 Significant Natural Resources (SNR) has been filed. Public hearings are scheduled before the Planning Commission on Aug. 19 and before the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 15.

The goal of the ordinance is to ensure regulations are clear and objective. Some changes are suggested for clarity and to improve the development review process, especially in the urban areas. Other changes, as suggested in the Significant Natural Resources Program and Assessment, may be proposed in a future Long Range Planning Annual Work Program.

The proposed ordinance:

  • Adds submittal requirements to help identify and describe the quality of the SNRs on each site and possible development impacts. 

  • Clarifies that, within field-verified resource areas, only certain uses and activities are allowed.

  • Requires preservation of a certain percentage of the field verified Habitat Area (Upland/Wildlife Habitat and Riparian Corridor outside CWS Vegetated Corridor) for sites inside the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). 

  • Includes certain requirements for Preservation Area, such as minimum number of trees/understory shrubs, minimum size, enhancement to good condition and preservation in tract or easement.

  • Allows applicants to propose an alternative Preservation Area if they show improved habitat outcomes over the standard Preservation Area.

  • Includes tree protection in Preservation Area and replanting requirements for trees within Upland/Wildlife Habitat area, if required area is disturbed inside the UGB.

  • Expands incentives by modifying current Planned Development to allow Upland/Wildlife Habitat to count toward 100% of open space requirement.

The ordinance is expected to satisfy a state Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) enforcement order temporarily barring Washington County from approving new residential land division and development applications within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) that affect Wildlife Habitat areas, as shown on the County’s Significant Natural Resource maps. LCDC determined the County was out of compliance with Statewide Planning Goal 5 regarding three Community Development Code (CDC) natural resource provisions in CDC Section 422Learn more

For more information, email Michelle Miller, Senior Planner, or Theresa Cherniak, Principal Planner.
Online Open House
Proposed Land Use Ordinances

  • Ordinance No. 866 Minor Amendments. The first public comment opportunity is 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5 before the PC. The second public hearing is 10 a.m. Sept. 1 before the Board.

  • Ordinance No. 867 Safe Parking. The first public comment opportunity is 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5 before the PC. The second public hearing is 10 a.m. Sept. 1 before the Board.

Official communications on ordinances must be received in writing or provided at a hearing. Written testimony must include the author(s)' name, address and phone number and may submitted via email, fax, during a hearing or by U.S. Mail: Washington County Long Range Planning, 155 N First Ave., Suite 350, MS14, Hillsboro, OR 97124-3072. Learn more

Road closures
  • 67th Avenue, between Alexander and Genrosa streets, through Aug. 14 for road reconstruction by the city of Hillsboro. Detour map
  • B Street, between Gales Creek and Stringtown Road, through Sept. 30 for bridge replacement. Detour map
  • Elwert and Kruger roads and Sunset Boulevard, between Elwert and Kruger roads and Hwy 99W, closed through Aug. 11 (extended) for construction of a roundabout. Elwert and Kruger roads will remain open to traffic with lane closures. Detour map
  • Jackson School Road, between Grant and Harewood streets, through Aug. 13 for culvert replacement by the city of Hillsboro.
Lane closures
  • First Avenue (OR-219), between Baseline (OR-8) and Oak streets (OR-8), weeknights starting 9 p.m. Sundays to 5 a.m. Fridays; 9 p.m. Fridays to 7 a.m. Saturdays; 9 p.m. Saturdays to 8 a.m. Sundays through fall by Oregon Department of Transportation. Map
  • 198th Avenue, between Farmington Road and Tualatin Valley Highway, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays intermittently through Dec. 31. Map
  • Barnes Road, between Valeria View and Lois Lane, 7 p.m.-5 a.m. through Aug. 14 for road improvements related to the Peterkort Parking Lot project. Map
  • Elwert Road, between Sunset Boulevard and Haide Road, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. intermittently through Aug. 11 for road construction. Map
  • Glencoe Road, between NE Lenox and NE Cory streets, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. through Aug. 14 for road improvements by MEI Moore Excavation. Map
  • Jenkins Road, between 158th Avenue and Murray Boulevard, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31. Map
  • Johnson Street, between Jasmine Place and 178th Avenue, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 8. Map
  • Locust Street, between 77th and 75th Avenues, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 14 for utility work by D&T Excavation. Map
  • Patton Valley Road, between Bates and Dundee roads, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 21 for culvert replacement. Map
  • Rosa Road, between 198th Avenue and Farmington Road, intermittent lane closures 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 30. Map
  • Roy Rogers Road, between Scholls Ferry and Bull Mountain roads, speed reductions for construction through Dec. 31, 2021. Map
  • Taylors Ferry Road, between 65th and 74th avenues, through Aug. 8 for TVWD Metzger North South Transmission Main. Map
Neighborhood meetings, required for many Washington County development applications, can be held online temporarily as per the new COVID-19 Virtual Neighborhood Meeting Supplement. The temporary supplemental policy is in effect for the duration of Gov. Kate Brown's "Stay Home. Save Lives" executive
Aug. 6 - Proposed 8-lot subdivision
At 6 p.m. held virtually ( instructions available here). The property is 1.53 acres in the R-5 District (Residential 4-5 units per acre) and is located at 8005 SW 69th Ave. Contact Wayne Hayson, Pioneer Design Group, at whayson@pd-grp.com.

CPO 3; District 3
Aug. 11 - Proposed 2-lot partition
At 6 p.m. held virtually ( instructions available here). The property is 0.40 acre in the R-5 District (Residential 4-5 units per acre) and is located at 3935 SW 198th Ave. Contact Todd Pays at 503-475-5041.

CPO 6; District 1
Aug. 22 - Proposed 2 parcel minor land partition
At 11 a.m. at 6565 SW 175th Ave. The property is 0.53 acre in the R-5 District (Residential 4-5 units per acre) and is located at 6565 SW 175th Ave. Contact John DeJong at 503-819-6494 or technicalengineeringing@yahoo.com.

CPO 6; District 1
Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation 
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