Week of 6/15/20
Washington County receives economic analysis and market research grant
An $80,000 technical assistance grant from Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development has been awarded to the Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT) Long Range Planning section for economic analysis and market research for the County’s House Bill 2001 (HB2001) implementation. 

HB2001 includes requirements supporting development of middle housing, which includes duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhomes and cottage clusters. By June 30, 2022, Washington County, like most cities and counties within Metro, must update land use codes and regulations to allow duplexes on all lots and middle housing in areas within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) where detached single-family homes are allowed.

The County’s goal for HB2001 is to ensure that middle housing is developed equitably throughout the County and that related infrastructure keeps pace with that development. The project will explore:
  • Areas where middle-housing development is feasible/most likely.
  • Areas where middle-housing incentives are needed/likely to be effective.
  • How the County can best support middle housing while meeting infrastructure needs.
  • Regulatory changes and/or policy directions that may:
  • Ensure infrastructure is available for existing and new housing development
  • Lower development costs or other efforts to make middle housing development more affordable.
Stephen Shane named principal planner for Current Planning
Stephen Shane has been named principal planner for LUT's Current Planning section, effective June 13.

Shane has been with LUT since 2006, when he was hired as an associate planner. He is currently a senior planner in charge of code compliance. During his tenure, he has worked in both Current and Long Range Planning. Projects he has been involved with include the Urban and Rural Reserves Study , the Aloha-Reedville Study and Livable Community Plan and the County's initial recreational marijuana scoping and ordinance work .

Prior to joining LUT, Shane worked as a biologist in California, Alaska, Washington and Arizona; as a planner for the city of Portland Development Review Office; as a policy analyst for former City Commissioner Sam Adams; and as an English-as-a-Second-Language instructor in Sapporo, Japan. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from The Evergreen State College in Olympia and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Degree from Portland State University.
Comment on the proposed Ordinance No. 864: Breweries and Cideries. The first public hearing is 6:30 p.m. June 17 before the Washington County Planning Commission; the second is 10 a.m. July 21 before the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

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
  • 74th Avenue, between Landau Street and Taylors Ferry Road, through June 30 for for installation of the Tualatin Valley Water District Metzger North South Transmission Main.
  • Elwert/Kruger Road and Sunset Boulevard, between Elwert and Kruger roads and Hwy 99W, closed through June 30, for construction of the Elwert/Kruger roundabout project. Access closed between Elwert/Kruger roads and Highway 99W. Elwert and Kruger roads will remain open to traffic with lane closures. Detour map
  • Grabhorn Road, between SW Tile Flat Road and Stonecreek Drive, through June 29, for installation of the Willamette Water Supply System Scholls Area Pipeline. Detour
Lane closures
  • First Avenue (OR-219), between Baseline Street (OR-8) and Oak Street (OR-8), through summer. Lane closures all hours; two-lane closure 10 p.m.-5 a.m. weekdays. Traffic may be stopped for up to 20 minutes. Intersection improvements 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 Drive and SW Lois Lane, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. through June 22, for construction related to Peterkort parking lot. 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
  • Kaiser Road, between Brugger Road and Ridgeline Street, intermittent daytime lane closures, through June 30, for construction related to development project. Map
  • Roy Rogers Road, between Scholls Ferry and Bull Mountain roads, daytime traffic signal shutdowns and speed reductions. through Dec. 31, 2021. Map
  • Scholls Ferry Road, between Strobel Road and 175th Avenue, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through June 26 (extended), for utility work by NEI. Map
  • Scotch Church Road over McKay Creek, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. intermittent, weekdays through June 30, for construction. 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 order..
June 20 - Proposed flag lot
At 9 a.m. held virtually ( instructions available here). The property is 0.44 acre in the R-5 District (4-5 units per acre) and is located at 9885 SW 80th Ave. Contact David Sexton at 503-804-3202.

CPO 4M; District 3
Melissa De Lyser | Public Affairs and Communications Manager

Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation

155 N First Ave., Suite 250, MS 16 | Hillsboro, OR 97123

503-846-4963 direct | 971-713-9658 mobile