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October is National Community Planning Month
October was proclaimed National Community Planning Month by the Washington County Board of Commissioners during its Oct. 20 regular meeting.

This year’s theme, “Planning Is Essential for Recovery” highlights how planners can lead communities to equitable, resilient and long-lasting recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The response to COVID-19 had immediate impacts on everyone’s daily lives,” said Erin Wardell, Principal Planner, LUT Transportation Planning. “We don’t yet know how the pandemic will affect our communities long term, but it’s clear our transportation behavior has changed. Understanding these changes will help us prepare for future crises.”
Planning does not stop at a geographic border. Washington County’s planning work encompasses regional and statewide perspectives. LUT staff works with professionals in public health, recreation, engineering and business to make communities safer, stronger and healthier.

During COVID-19, the County instituted Inside Out, a temporary land use policy allowing some restaurants, bars and in-person services to conduct business in nearby parking lots.

“We’re pleased to provide business owners this temporary opportunity to continue to operate and stay active in our community,” said Stephen Shane, Principal Planner, LUT Current Planning. “We hope the policy will create a bridge to businesses until our working and personal lives return to normal.”

LUT planners work directly with community members, organization, cities, county and state agencies to address land use and transportation issues. The planning process provides all community members an opportunity to participate in the future of Washington County.

“Our goal is to create thriving communities,” said Theresa Cherniak, Principal Planner, LUT Community Planning. “We work with community members to understand their priorities and challenges. We want everyone to be a part of the planning process.”
Public involvement opportunity: Metro Parks and Nature oversight committee
Applications for Metro’s Parks and Nature oversight committee are being accepted through Nov. 16. Between 13-17 people are needed to provide oversight of the $475 million 2019 parks and nature bond and $16 million from the annual parks and natural areas levy.

The independent committee will be appointed by the Metro Council to help keep Metro accountable and transparent in its use of both the bond and the capital funds. The Council is looking for people who love parks and natural spaces and who have a deep commitment to advancing racial equity, as well as finance, conservation, environmental law, tribal sovereignty and other knowledge.

The committee will:

  • Review progress of the bond measure’s goals and projects. 

  • Ensure the refinement and implementation of the bond measure protects water quality and habitat and connecting people to nature. 

  • Ensure projects fulfill the criteria of racial equity, community engagement and climate resilience. 

  • Provide oversight on investments from the parks and natural areas local-option levy. 

  • Work with staff to develop outcomes to evaluate bond performance.

TriMet Community Town Hall
Participate in Vision 2021: A Community Town Hall to learn how TriMet is responding to COVID and planning for the future of transit, despite financial constraints.

There will be two livestreamed events:

Online Open House
Proposed Land Use Ordinance

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
  • 69th Avenue, between Pine Street and Pacific Highway, through Oct. 30 for pipeline construction for the Tualatin Valley Water District North-South Transmission Line. Detour map
  • Cipole Road, between Galbreath Drive and 600 feet north of Galbreath Drive, through Nov. 2 for city of Sherwood utility work. Detour map
  • Gaston Road, between Highway 47 and Spring Hill Road, through Nov. 30 for bridge replacement. Detour map
Lane closures
  • First Avenue (OR-219), between Baseline (OR-8) and Oak streets (OR-8), weeknights starting 7 p.m.-6 a.m. through fall by Oregon Department of Transportation. Map
  • 69th Avenue, between Atlanta and Dartmouth streets, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 23 for water main replacement by Tualatin Valley Water District. Map
  • 112th Avenue, between Montreux Lane and Leahy Road, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 30 for paving related to the recent culvert replacement project. Map
  • 143rd Avenue, between Cornell, Thompson and West Union roads, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays intermittently through Dec. 30 for ADA ramp replacement. Map
  • 198th Avenue, between Farmington Road and Tualatin Valley Highway, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays intermittently through Dec. 31. Map
  • Butner Road, between 126th and Huntington avenues, through Dec. 31 for road construction. Map
  • Ecole Avenue, between Jenkins Road and Brightwood Street, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. intermittently through Oct. 30 for sidewalk installation. Map
  • Jenkins Road, between 158th Avenue and Murray Boulevard, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31. Intermittent lane closures and traffic signal shutdowns 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through Oct. 30 for paving. Map
  • Laidlaw Road, between Torin Terrace to East Road, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 31 for Riverside Homes. Map
  • Madeline Street, between 192nd and 188th avenues and between 185th and 180th avenues, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 20 for sidewalk installations. Map
  • Murray Boulevard, between Tualatin Valley Highway and Millikan Way, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 30 for road improvements related to the West End District development. 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 Oct. 31 for construction related to Riverside Homes. Map
  • Rosa Road, between 198th Avenue and Farmington Road, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays intermittently through Oct. 30 for sidewalk installation. Map
  • Roy Rogers Road, between Scholls Ferry and Bull Mountain Roads, nighttime lane closures and speed reduction to 35 mph through December 2021 for road widening. Map
  • Science Park Drive, at Murray Boulevard, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 30 for ADA ramp replacement. 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.
Oct. 26 - Proposed Target store development
At 6 p.m. held virtually (instructions available here). The property is 1.75 acres in the TO-RC District (Transit Oriented Retail Commercial District) and is located at 12675 NW Cornell Road. Contact Jennifer Steen, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., at 714-705-1340.

CPO 1; District 2
Nov. 7 - Proposed treehouse; change to congregate living facility
At 11 a.m. held virtually (instructions available here) and in person at the site (masks, hand sanitizer and temperature checks available). The property is 1.3 acres in the R-5 District (Residential, 4-5 units per acre) and is located at 10930 SW Walker Road. Contact Lowell MacGregor, Taylor Made Retreat, at TMRtreehouses@Taylormaderetreat.org or call 360-433-1040.

CPO 3; District 2
Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation
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