To: Board of Commissioners
From: McLoughlin Area Plan Implementation Team (MAP-IT)
Re: Quarterly Report of Activities
Honorable Chair and Commissioners:
Since our last report to you on September 30, our committee has met twice and subcommittees have met a number of times.
Listed below are our items of primary focus during the past three months:
Street Lighting – As you know, this project is now on the road to becoming a reality. With MABA’s success in acquiring signatures from 63% of the property owners on McLoughlin Boulevard, and with only three remonstrances having been filed prior to the hearing of November 25, the unincorporated area of Mcloughlin Boulevard between Park Avenue and Glen Echo Avenue is now an official part of CCSD # 5. The business owners and the public are looking forward to the beginning of work in 2016. We appreciate all the work done by Dan Johnson and Wendi Coryell of DTD, and your support of the final funding package.
Concord School – Our committee continues its involvement with the Concord Partnership, an ad hoc citizen coalition formed to investigate ways to save and reuse Concord Elementary School. The Partnership has grown in size and public support and continues its efforts to develop innovative plans for repurposing the building as a possible mixed use facility with space for a community center and possible park.
Design Overlay Suggestions for Sections of McLoughlin Boulevard – Our Design Subcommittee, chaired until recently by MAP-IT member and architect Nate Burton, submitted a request to the Planning and Zoning Division for inclusion of the Park Avenue Station Area in its work plan for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017. The submission included some specific proposals for zoning changes which would allow more flexibility in development in that area while preserving its present commercial uses. We have offered to be a part of the public hearing process, if needed, and to assist in locating possible grant sources to cover the costs of such planning.
Open Space Preservation – Our Environmental Subcommittee, chaired by Terry Gibson, continues to have a positive impact in our area.
- With the recent heavy rains and flooding, protection and restoration of Boardman creek and its wetlands has become a priority goal. Terry is an ardent advocate, and has attracted support from many community members in this important effort.
- The Schoolyard Farms project at Candy Lane School has just completed another successful year, and recently announced the creation of a second farm, this time at the New Urban High School, Oak Grove. We expect that this project, building on its experiences at Candy Lane, will attract wide community support. Our committee strongly supports this innovative approach to reclaiming and reusing otherwise overlooked parcels of open space in the urban areas.
Proposed Marijuana Land Use Regulations - By popular request, we facilitated a presentation by County staff on this subject at our October meeting. There was a lively discussion involving both the committee and the audience in attendance. This will, we know, continue to be a contentious issue.
Responding to your request, listed below are those areas where we feel that the County Commission could take immediate action to support one or more of the projects or programs we are studying. The first is a repetition of our request in our September 30 report:
- With the onslaught of another windy and rainy season, the proposed sidewalk and bicycle path improvements on Jennings between McLoughlin and Oatfield are an ever more urgent need. We realize that this is scheduled, and the community looks forward to its completion. This will help alleviate the dangers to the pedestrians and cyclists who use the road daily, especially those of grade school age.
- Now that the McLoughlin Street Lighting project is underway, any action you can take to speed the completion of this process will be greatly appreciated. The business and property owners are looking forward to the positive changes this will bring to the area, especially in safety and attractiveness of this principal thoroughfare.
- We urge you to include planning for the Park Avenue Station Area in the Planning Department’s work plan for 2016-2017. We pledge to assist in any way possible.
This has been a year of solid progress, for our committee and for Clackamas County. With your support, we know it will continue.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue our efforts to implement the Programs and Projects identified in MAP I and MAP II.
Ed Gronke, Chair
Jennifer Harding, Vice-Chair
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