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Building Connections: FY 2019-20 annual report available online
Building Connections: FY 2019-20 Annual Report has been published online by Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT).

It is the first time LUT has published an annual report that is online only.

“We moved many of our services, meetings, processes and communications online due the COVID pandemic, and it seemed natural to have our annual report reflect that," said Stephen Roberts, LUT Director. "Staff produced and participated in videos, created animated graphics and maps and provided some opportunities for viewers to comment on some of the topics."

Moving away from a printed annual report was one of the department's long-term goals. The online format allows for interactivity and immediate feedback, attracts a wider audience, is less expensive and more sustainable.

"Our plan was to gradually incorporate more online elements while reducing print content over several years," Roberts said. "But COVID eliminated our ability to distribute printed copies, as we have traditionally relied on in-person events as our primary distribution method."

In FY 2019-20, LUT staff managed 97 road projects in design or development - an increase of 106% over the last five fiscal years. Transportation planners conducted the First and Last Mile project study, asking Washington County travelers to share their experiences getting to and from public transportation. Using a new online open house format, people interested in this study and others were able to learn more and submit comments in a user-friendly website.

During Fiscal Year 2019-20, other LUT activities included:

  • Automated the County's snow zone notification system, part of the ongoing implementation of intelligent transportation systems technology.

  • Completed 56,720 building inspections.

  • Completed the Significant Natural Resources (SNR) Program Review and Assessment. 

  • Maintained pavement conditions on County roads at or above target levels.

Learn about more LUT activities in Building Connections: FY 2019-20 Annual Report at LUTannualreport19-20.org.
ONLINE OPEN HOUSES
Walker Road Phase 3
  • Walker Road Phase 3 Online Open House through 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Walker Road will be widened to five lanes (two travel lanes in each direction with a center turn lane) with bike lanes and sidewalks between 173rd and 185th avenues. Replacement of a culvert, installation of a traffic signal, sound walls, improvements to drainage and street lighting are also planned. Visit the online open house.
  • OR 217 Auxiliary Lanes Project through Dec. 17. The Oregon Department of Transportation project addresses long-standing bottlenecks between Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and OR 99W and at the Allen Boulevard and Denney Road interchanges. Visit the online open house.
  • Short-term Rentals Online Open House through 5 p.m. Jan. 8. Staff has developed proposed requirements for a licensing program to minimize large parties, noise, trash and other issues that community members in connection with short-term rentals. Participants are asked to provide feedback and suggestions. Visit the online open house.
WC-ROADS HIGHLIGHTS
Road closures
  • Gaston Road, between Highway 47 and Spring Hill Road, through Jan. 15 (extended) for bridge replacement. Detour map
Lane closures
  • First Avenue (OR-219), between Baseline (OR-8) and Oak streets (OR-8), weeknights 7 p.m.-6 a.m. through Dec. 31 (extended) by Oregon Department of Transportation. Map
  • 69th Avenue, between Atlanta and Dartmouth streets, through Dec. 31 (extended) for water main improvements by Tualatin Valley Water District. Map
  • 175th Avenue/Ravine Drive, at the intersection 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31 for utility work. Map
  • 198th Avenue, between Farmington Road and Tualatin Valley Highway, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays intermittently through Dec. 31. Map
  • Hampton Street, between 66th and 68th avenues, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 1 for Tualatin Valley Water District's Hampton-69th Avenue water main improvements. Boulevard, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31. Map
  • Jenkins Road, between 158th Avenue and Murray Boulevard, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31. Map
  • Laidlaw Road, between Torin Terrace to East Road, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31 for Riverside Homes. Map
  • Pacific Highway (OR 99W), between Fischer and Hazelbrook roads, intermittent nighttime work through Dec. 31 for bridge repair by ODOT. Map
  • River Road, 500-1000 feet south of Oakhurst Street, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31 for construction related to Riverside Homes. Map
  • Roy Rogers Road, between Scholls Ferry and Bull Mountain Roads; paving 7 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 18. Speed reduction to 35 mph between Scholls Ferry and Bull Mountain roads and 45 mph between Bull Mountain and Beef Bend roads through December 2021 for road widening. Map
  • West Union Road, between 153rd Terrace and Bronson Creek Drive, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 pm. Friday through April 1 for sidewalk installation. Map
ADA ramp replacements
ADA ramp replacements have minimal impact on motor vehicle traffic; pedestrian paths will be maintained. Lane closures will be intermittent during weekday hours only. Ramps are in construction on portions of the following roads:

  • 143rd Avenue
  • 149th Avenue at Downing Court and Surrey Court
  • Barrington Terrace/Westminster Drive
  • Bethany Boulevard
  • Peachtree Drive at Beef Bend Road, Blue Spruce Court, Mapleview Lane, Willow Top Lane and Wrightwood Court
  • Quatama Street
  • Science Park Drive at Cornell Road and Murray Boulevard
  • West Union Road

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS
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 order.
Dec. 14 - Proposed double classroom portable
At 6 p.m. held virtually (instructions available here.) The property is 3.04 acres in the INST District (Institutional) and is located at 3500 SW 104th Ave. Contact Robyn Stolin, Hope Chinese Charter School, facilities@hopecss.org.

CPO 3; District 2
Dec. 17 - Proposed 10-lot subdivision
At 6 p.m. held virtually (instructions available here.) The property is 1.31 acres in the R-9 District (Residential, 7-9 units per acre) and is located on tax lot #1N122C05100. Contact Mimi Doukas, AKS Engineering & Forestry, at 503-563-6151.

CPO 1; District 2
Dec. 22 - Proposed drive-through restaurant
At 6 p.m. held virtually (instructions available here.) The property is 1.24 acres in the CBD District (Community Business District) and OC District (Office Commercial District) and is located on tax lots #1S114BC02000, #1S114BC02100 and #1S114B02400. Contact Cassie Yee at 626-813-8226 or INOBeaverton@innout.com.

CPO 3; District 2
Dec. 23 - Proposed 10-lot subdivision
At 6 p.m. held virtually (instructions available here.) The properties are 2.16 acres in the R-5 District (Residential, 4-5 units per acre) and is located at 11375 and 11475 SW Walker Road. Contact Wayne Hayson, Pioneer Design Group, Inc, at whayson@pd-grp.com.

CPO 1; District 2
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