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 December 31, 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 – With the final execution of the IGA with ODOT, the McLoughlin Lighting project is now underway. We are awaiting confirmation of approximate dates when the first lights will be installed and activated on the west side of McLoughlin so that we can schedule an appropriate celebration for the community. The support of Dan Johnson and Wendi Coryell of DTD staff has been invaluable in making this happen.
Proposed Gladstone Library – Since new questions have been raised about the advisability of proceeding with the original plan authorized by Gladstone’s 2014 ballot measure, MAP-IT has engaged, once more (through Ed Gronke), with representatives of the City of Gladstone in addition to the surrounding community. Our approach has been, and will continue to be, a search for an outcome which is acceptable to all concerned while fulfilling the objectives outlined in the 2008 ballot measure establishing the County Library District. At present, this possibility seems somewhat tentative, at best.
Design Overlay Suggestions for Sections of McLoughlin Boulevard – After your recent decision to approve the 2016-2017 work plan for the County Planning Department, it appears that little will be done to consider the recommendations made by our Design Subcommittee for this area. The consensus of the Subcommittee is to continue its engagement with Planning. With the Orange Line terminus at Park Avenue now in full operation and interest increasing in leveraging the business opportunities that creates, we want the County to be able to maximize its chances (through appropriate zoning) for engaging with willing investors and developers pursuing those opportunities.
Concord School – Our committee continues its involvement with the Concord Partnership. The Partnership has already had two public forums to explore possible uses for the building and grounds, and more are planned.
Open Space Preservation – Our Environmental Subcommittee, chaired by Terry Gibson, is continuing its work on the protection and restoration of the Boardman Creek wetlands. Their involvement in Schoolyard Farms will have a more public face this summer, with produce farms at both Candy Lane Elementary School and the New Urban High School.
MAP-IT work plan for 2016 - At our first two meetings of this year, we had productive discussions on those programs and projects which we felt deserved our priority attention for this year. There was general agreement on the following items:
- Work with ODOT and other funding sources to complete the sidewalk network on McLoughlin Boulevard, Courtney Road and Johnson Road around the Sabin-Schellenberg centers,
- Work with the Planning & Zoning Division to continue our focus on identifying any improvements needed to current C-3 zoning on McLoughlin to encourage mixed use buildings, improve property values and attract more community businesses,
- Work with CPO’s and the Planning & Zoning Division on identifying any changes to zoning regulations that may be needed in order to more completely protect and preserve neighborhood character, and
- Offer our assistance, where appropriate, to enable the final siting, financing and construction of a library to serve the citizens of Gladstone and its surrounding areas
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 December 31 report.
- The proposed sidewalk and bicycle path improvements on Jennings between McLoughlin and Oatfield are an ongoing need. So far, there have been no pedestrian or bicycle accidents, but we fear that time may be running out. We are concerned with the safety of the pedestrians and cyclists who use the road daily, especially those of grade school age.
- We appreciate your involvement in the controversies surrounding the proposed library in Gladstone. We hope that a solution can soon be found which will satisfy the 11,500 citizens of Gladstone as well as the 29,000 library patrons living in unincorporated areas.
- Even though we understand the reasons for your decision to postpone specific action on our proposals for zoning changes on McLoughlin and the Park Avenue Station area, we look forward to continued discussions with the Planning & Zoning Division staff (as proposed by staff at the March 17 Board Business Meeting) and we hope that you will continue to consider these for future action. We will assist in any way possible.
We are proud of the progress we have made in working together. With your support, we know that 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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