To: Board of Commissioners, Clackamas County
From: McLoughlin Area Plan Implementation Team (MAP-IT)
Re: Quarterly Report of Activities
Since our last report to you on Sept. 30, our committee has met once and subcommittees have met a number of times. Listed below are our items of primary focus during the past three months:
Street Lighting on McLoughlin – County staff met with some members of our committee in mid-November to discuss the current status of this project. There have been some increases in costs since the project was authorized (mostly due to night work required for some undergrounding of power). Staff recommended, and we agreed, that the project be done in two phases – the first will install lights on existing wooden poles on the west side of McLoughlin where power is already available and the second will include installation of aluminum cobra poles on the east side of McLoughlin where power must be furnished by underground work. This will allow lights in the first phase to turn on in early 2017 while staff works with the County to ensure sufficient funding to finish the second phase of the project. This should address some of the safety issues which we all share. The second phase of the project may not be finished until late 2017 or early 2018. There was a suggestion that some costs might be reduced by abandoning the concept of aluminum poles on the east side of McLoughlin and settling for wooden poles instead. However, we know that what goes in is what will be there for many years, and the aluminum poles add an important aesthetic to the future picture we all have for the boulevard. If at all possible, we would like to consider that as a last resort, only if all else fails.
Proposed Gladstone-Oak Lodge Library – We understand that the County and the City of Gladstone have entered into mediation in order to resolve this dispute. We remain ready to help, if requested.
Design Overlay Suggestions for Sections of McLoughlin Boulevard – At our November committee meeting, there was unanimous support for the proposal by our Land Use and Transportation Subcommittee to resubmit to the Planning Division its proposals for moving forward on the Park Avenue Station Area zoning as well as possible changes for the commercial zone along McLoughlin between Park and Glen Echo avenues. It was also moved to urge the Planning Division to adopt the Vision, Values and Guiding Principles of the MAP I report into the County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning and Development Ordinances. The first two proposals were not acted on last year because of the pressing need for zoning revisions to accommodate the newly approved sale of marijuana in the County.
Repurposing Ideas for Concord Elementary School – We understand that there are numerous parties now interested in the Concord property, ranging from use for a charter school to a possible public/private partnership which would include a community library or other non-profit uses. We are a member of the Concord Partnership, the non-profit conducting these studies.
Completion of Sidewalk Network on McLoughlin Boulevard -- Some of the committee members met recently with County staff to discuss the costs and possible funding sources to enable completion of those portions of sidewalk which were omitted when ODOT resurfaced McLoughlin a short time ago. There seems to be a good possibility of qualifying for a joint Metro/ODOT grant which would allow this work to be completed by the end of 2018.
Open Space Preservation - The Boardman-Rinearson wetland complex restoration project, in partnership with the Oak Lodge Sanitary District, is on track.
- An IGA with Metro has been finalized for its Nature in Neighborhoods Grant
- The largest wetland space (“Addie Acres”) has been purchased
- An agreement has been reached to acquire the second largest wetland space from the Briar Ridge
- Soil borings have been taken
- The wetland has been clearly delineated
- Land surveys have been conducted
The project is delayed while negotiations continue between County staff and a Briar Ridge property owner over previous land use violation issues. OLSD may abandon this portion of the project unless this is settled soon. MAP-IT respectfully requests that the County direct staff to grant the lot line adjustments needed without further delay so that this project can be fully developed for the community. It would be disappointing to be forced to truncate a project which has such wide community support.
MAP-IT Work Plan for 2016 - 2017
- Work with ODOT, the county and other agencies to prepare a project and then secure funding 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,
- Offer our assistance, where appropriate, to enable the final siting, financing and construction of a library to serve the residents of Gladstone and its surrounding areas and
- Be an active participant in the advisory group formed to work with Metro in identifying “brownfield sites” on or near McLoughlin for future clean up.
Listed below are those areas where we believe the County Commission could support one or more of the projects or programs we are studying:
- We are quite interested in being represented on the advisory group proposed by Metro to conduct surveys of possible “brownfield properties” on or near McLoughlin Blvd. Cleaning up these properties can yield positive benefits for future redevelopment of the area.
- We will do everything in our power to get sufficient feedback from the affected property owners along McLoughlin, between Park and Courtney, to convince the Planning Division to propose changes to the zoning of that area. With the increased pressure for more affordable housing, such zoning might help attract the mixed-use buildings which would answer some of that need while increasing the commercial viability of the Boulevard. Any action you can take to assist us in these efforts would be of great help.
- Your support of the County Department of Transportation in securing the additional funds necessary to enable completion of the street light network on McLoughlin Boulevard is vital to the success of this important project which already has the support of the businesses and property owners along the Boulevard.
Although our committee has met less often this quarter because of holiday schedules and other reasons, we have made good progress in achieving many of our goals. With your patience and support, we will continue working to implement the Programs and Projects identified in MAP I and MAP II.
Ed Gronke, Chair
Terry Gibson, Vice-Chair
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