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The Villages at Mt. Hood Pedestrian and Bikeway Implementation Plan

Background

The Villages at Mount Hood are home to over 5,000 permanent residents, and the surrounding area serves thousands of recreational users every year. Visitors from the Portland area come to enjoy its mix of uses, including biking and hiking. The purpose of this plan is to increase safe transportation choices – especially bicycling and walking – to support the needs of the people who live in and visit the Villages communities along US 26 in the communities of Brightwood, Welches, Wemme, Zig Zag and Rhododendron.

Implementation

Planning Commission Public Hearing, Nov. 14, 2016
Agenda packet Minutes

Board of Commissioners Public Hearing, Dec. 7, 2016
Agenda packet Video

Plan overview

The project team, working with a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), analyzed current walking and bicycling conditions in order to:

Funding

The County received a Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to create the Plan.

Safe Routes to Schools

As part of the Walk & Bike The Villages at Mt. Hood Plan, Clackamas County worked with community and school leaders to create a Safe Routes to School plan for Welches Elementary and Middle School. The plan examines conditions around the school and recommends solutions to improve safety and accessibility. The plan will create safer and more inviting opportunities for students and their families to walk and bicycle to school. Review the Safe Routes to School plan and Infrastructure projects plan.

Public participation

A 9-member Public Advisory Committee (PAC) was created to review materials and provide input and advice. The PAC met 3 times during the plan development and included community members and representatives from various groups, e.g. Sandy River Watershed Council, Rhododendron CPO, Mt. Hood Chamber, etc. An 8-member Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met 4 times and helped inform decisions related to traffic engineering, bicycle and pedestrian designs, etc. Public participation also included 2 open houses to give community members an opportunity to provide input on the Villages plan and recommended project solutions. About 29 to 39 people attended the first and second open house respectively. Attendees provided their feedback on such topics as pedestrian and bicycle needs, signage needs, traffic concerns, and recommended solutions and projects to improve access to transit and to multiple destinations including businesses, residences, Welches school, Post Office, etc. Public participation also included an online open house held for several weeks, news releases, articles in Citizen News, and postings to the project website. View the Community Outreach and Engagement Plan.

Walk & Bike The Villages at Mt. Hood Plan

Contact: Scott Hoelscher, Project Manager, scotthoe@clackamas.us, 503-742-4524

Updated: 6/8/17

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