Week of 3/2/20
Short-term Rentals issue paper released for public comment
Short-term Rentals: Issues and Considerations, Washington County Long Range Planning Issue Paper No. 2020-01, is available for public review and comment through March 26.

Washington County does not currently regulate short-term rentals. But in recent years, several community members have raised concerns with these rentals, including noise, on-street parking, trash and other issues associated with community livability.

The board of Commissioners asked Community Planning staff to prepare this issue paper as part of the 2019-20 Long Range Planning Work Program. The issue paper, and public comments received before March 26, will help inform the Board's position. The Board will provide direction to staff as part of its April decision on the 2020-21 Long Range Draft Work Program.


LAST DAY: 2020-21 Draft Work Program
The public comment period for the 2020-21 Long Range Planning Draft Work Program ends at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 28).

The work program identifies and ranks LRP staff's annual tasks including ordinances, projects and other transportation and community planning activities.

Submit comments by 4 p.m. by emailing lutplan@co.washington.or.us. Include full name, street address, company/organization affiliation (if applicable) and other relevant contact information.

All comments received by 4 p.m. will be provided to the Washington County Board of Commissioners prior to adoption of the final work program. For more information, visit Annual Long Range Work Program.
Metro seeks input on transportation investments
The Metro Council is seeking public input on an investment package that could fund improvements to make travel in greater Portland safer, easier and more affordable.

The package is expected to be finalized over the next couple of months, and the Metro Council will then consider referring it to voters on the November 2020 ballot. The draft plan includes comprehensive improvements along major travel corridors and dedicated funding for initiatives to address regionwide concerns and local needs, ensuring that the benefits of the measure's investments reach every community in the region.

The online survey closes March 13.
TriMet online surveys
TriMet is seeking public comment on via two surveys:

  • Pedestrian Plan: www.trimet.org/walk/ The Pedestrian Plan is focused on equity, safety and demand with input from local government agencies and community members. The plan will help cities and counties prioritize projects that promote safe, comfortable access to transit. The comment period ends Feb. 29.

SW Corridor draft conceptual design
The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project is seeking feedback through March 27 on a Draft Conceptual Design Report

The report highlights project principles, goals and objectives and illustrates preliminary design features of the 13 light rail stations and related improvements on the 11-mile route between Downtown Portland and Bridgeport Village in Tualatin.

Public comment will help identify challenges and guide ongoing design efforts in the coming years. Comments will also help inform a final report in mid-2020.

Project staff will host open house events for the public to provide feedback on the Conceptual Design Report:

Learn more and sign up for project email updates at trimet.org/swcorridor
Road closures
  • Elwert Road, between the Kruger and Edy roads, through April 1, for construction of the Elwert/Kruger roundabout project. Detour map
  • Haide Road, between the Elwert Road and the future Sherwood high school access road, through April 1, for construction of the Elwert/Kruger roundabout project. Detour map
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
  • 175th Avenue, between Arbutus Drive and Pronghorn Lane, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays through April 3, for development-related road construction by Valley Pacific Construction. 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, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through March 13, for construction related to Peterkort parking lot. Map
  • Jenkins Road, between 158th Avenue and Murray Boulevard, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31. Map
  • Kaiser Road, between Brugger Road and Ridgeline Street, intermittent daytime lane closures, through March 27 for construction related to development project. Map
  • Scholls Ferry Road, between Strobel Road and 175th Avenue, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through March 6 (extended), for utility work by NEI. Map
NOTE:   This information is provided here as a courtesy only.   Neighborhood meetings are required before developers submit certain land use applications to the County (for areas outside cities).These meetings provide a forum for the developer, affected CPO (Community Participation Organization) and nearby property owners to discuss the proposal informally. County staff do not schedule or attend these meetings.
March 2 - Proposed campus master plan, access drive/future building site
At 6 p.m. at the former Oregon College of Art and Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Road . The property is 8.5 acres in the INST District (Institutional) and is located on tax lot # 1S101CB03400. Contact Kitty Firth, Catlin Gabel School, at firthk@catlin.edu or 503-297-1894.

CPO 1; District 2
March 10 - Proposed school improvements
At 6 p.m. at Indian Hills Elementary School L ibrary, 21260 SW Rock Road . The property is 9.44 acres in the INST District (Institutional) and is located on tax lot # 1S202DC0100. Contact Mimi Doukas, AKS Engineering & Forestry LLC, at 503-563-6151.

CPO 6; District 1
March 18 - Proposed golf tournament
At 6 p.m. at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club Ghost Creek Clubhouse, 12930 NW Old Pumpkin Ridge Road . The property is 41.34 acres in the EFU District (Exclusive Farm Use) and is located on tax lot # 2N3360000101. Contact Ryan Tahara, WinCo Foods Portland Open Lagardere Sports, at 503-924-6233 or RTahara@lagardere-se.com.

CPO 8; District 4
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