Week of 3/23/20
LUT offices closed; services available remotely
All Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT) offices are closed to the public to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but services continue remotely.

LUT business can be transacted by phone, email or online. Please be patient. Due to limited staffing, responses and reviews may take longer than usual.

Use the online Public Permitting and Services Portal at WashCoORACA.com for development applications, facility permits, right-of-way permits, to pay for building permits, schedule inspections and more.   More remote resources

Short-term rentals issue paper
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. Submit comments 

Draft 2020-21 Road Maintenance Program
The Draft 2020-21 Road Maintenance Program, which lists proposed maintenance activity for FY 2020-21, is available for input.

Comment online or by email before 5 p.m. April 3. Comments received will help staff compile the final project list. The Road Maintenance Program will be submitted to the Washington County Board of Commissioners for action in June.

Oregon Transportation Commission online open house
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) is asking the public to participate in an online open house on the Draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The Draft STIP is a list of projects that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will start work on in 2021, pending approval of the final list from the OTC.

The online open house ends April 10.
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 April 3, 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 April 3 (extended), for utility work by NEI. Map
As per Gov. Kate Brown’s Executive Order No. 20-07, as well as Oregon Health Authority and Washington County guidance, Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation is urging all development application-related Neighborhood Meetings to be rescheduled until after April 14.

This date could change if the Governor’s order is either terminated or extended.
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