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Park Avenue Light Rail Station Area Plan

The Park Avenue Light Rail Station will be the southernmost station for the planned Portland/ Milwaukie line of the region’s light rail system. Clackamas County worked with the community to develop a plan for possible future development in the area around the station.

Purpose and Overview

The Park Avenue Light Rail Station will be the southernmost station for the planned Portland/ Milwaukie line of the region’s light rail system. Located on the on the west side of McLoughlin Boulevard at Park Avenue in unincorporated Clackamas County, the station will provide access to over 50 miles of light rail, connecting area residents and businesses with the larger Portland Metropolitan area. While current funding constraints have reduced the size of the park-and-ride structure for the station, the light rail station and park-and-ride facility with approximately 350 spaces are still planned to open in 2015.

The Park Avenue Light Rail Station Plan, a land use and transportation plan, will give area neighbors, businesses and stakeholders an opportunity to create a vision for the area to respond to the changes and opportunities that will come with light rail.

Project Area


The project area, which is the area generally within one-half mile of the station, includes unincorporated Clackamas County (south, east and west of the station) and areas within the City of Milwaukie north of the station.

It also includes part of the McLoughlin Boulevard Corridor designated in Metro’s Region 2040 Urban Growth Management Functional Plan. McLoughlin Boulevard (OR 99E), a five-lane state highway along the east side of the station, is a commute corridor between Clackamas County and the City of Portland. It also links the station area north to I-84 and I-5 (8.0 miles) and the OR 212/224 Expressway (1.5 miles), and south to I-205 (4.8 miles) in Oregon City.

One of the project tasks will be to inventory the half-mile project area for street connectivity and to identify potential opportunities for in-fill and redevelopment. The focus of the analysis will be on potential changes in unincorporated areas near the station, but the larger study area provides for collaboration between the jurisdictions on any recommendations.

Project Timeframe

The planning work received the go-ahead in mid-September 2010. The recommended plan and zoning amendments are to be ready by the end of September 2011.

Project Funding

The project is being funded through a grant from the statewide Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Program to help carry out land use and transportation planning for the Park Avenue Light Rail Station Area.

Project Outcome

The outcome will be a plan that recommends specific residential and commercial land use changes that may include mixed-use zone. Building form and character likely will be addressed as well. The extent of recommended changes will be determined through citizen input and review, and regional and county policies. Public improvements, such as street enhancements and/or extension of services, also will be included and prioritized.

Project Team

The project team is led by Clackamas County and the Oregon Department of Transportation, with support from consultants from David Evans and Associates. The team is committed to working with the community to design a station area that helps meet community wants and needs while addressing opportunities for in-fill and new developments.

Decision and Advisory Structure

The recommendation and decision-making structure consists of the following groups:

Clackamas County Board of Commissioners – Responsible for acting on the recommended plan at a public hearing. The Board of Commissioners ultimately will decide about adopting the Park Avenue Station Area Plan. To stay updated, the Commissioners will be briefed by County staff during the plan development. A County Commissioner serves on the Policy Advisory Committee to provide county project leadership.

Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) – Responsible for advising on policy matters during the planning process. The role of the PAC is to address and advise on policy issues that may arise during plan development. The PAC consists of members representing the following agencies:

  • Clackamas County Commission
  • City of Milwaukie
  • City of Gladstone
  • Metro
  • ODOT

Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) –Responsible for reviewing and advising on work products to guide plan development. The SAG represents broad and diverse community interests and serves as advisory to the project. The following interest groups were invited to participate in the SAG:

  • Businesses within study area
  • Citizens Informed and Aware (CIA)
  • City of Milwaukie
  • Clackamas County Design Review Committee
  • Clackamas County Economic Development Commission
  • Clackamas County Ped/Bike Advisory Committee
  • Friends of North Clackamas Parks
  • Friends of the Trolley Trail
  • Historian of the Oak Lodge area
  • Friends of Local Control
  • Island Station Neighborhood
  • Jennings Lodge CPO
  • McLoughlin Area Planning (MAP) Committee
  • Metro
  • North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce
  • Oak Lodge Community Council
  • Residents in nearby neighborhoods
  • Seniors (Rose Villa and Willamette View)
  • Member of Citizen Advisory Committee for TriMet’s Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project
  • Urban Green
  • Oak Lodge Sanitary District

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) – Responsible for providing technical input on existing services and feasibility of future services. To ensure that the planning is technically sound, the TAC provides expertise on area services. The following service providers and agencies have been invited to participate:

  • City of Gladstone
  • City of Milwaukie
  • Comcast
  • Clackamas County Engineering
  • Clackamas County Fire District # 1
  • Clackamas County Housing Authority
  • Clackamas County Library District Advisory Committee
  • Clackamas County North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District
  • Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dept. of Land Conservation & Development
  • Metro
  • North Clackamas School District #12
  • North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council
  • NW Natural
  • Oak Lodge Sanitary District
  • Oak Lodge Water District
  • Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
  • PGE
  • Qwest
  • TriMet

Public Involvement

Public involvement is essential for the success of the plan. Through general public meetings and SAG meetings, a public conversation will be conducted to allow stakeholders to see their interests in balance with other interests and needs. Public comment will be sought early and throughout the planning process, will be broad and diverse, and will reflect community values in the final recommendation to the Clackamas County Commission.

Public Open Houses

The project will host three public meetings: one to start off the project, a second to report on progress of the work, and a third to gather comments and review of local residents, businesses and other interested persons.

Public Design Workshop

A half-day public design workshop will be conducted to develop two preliminary concepts for the project area. At the workshop, the project team will provide materials that display the general types of land use and transportation options associated with a station area, including pedestrian/bicycle access and bus transit connections.

Committee Meetings

Meetings of the various leadership groups – the Policy Advisory Committee, the Stakeholders Advisory Group and the Technical Advisory Committee – will be open for the public to observe with time provided for public comment.

Public Information

Website -- An active website will be maintained with current technical and process information, including meeting notices and summaries, maps and memos, as well as links to other related sites.
Email -- Email notices prior to each public event to people who have indicated an interest in the project and other stakeholders.
Mail -- Postcards will be mailed to study area residents and property owners, and to other interested persons, for the project kick-off event. As needed, materials will be mailed to individuals without access to the project web page.

Documents

Meetings

Contacts

Have a comment or question? Click here or contact one of the Clackamas County staff members listed below.
Shari Gilevich. Phone: 503.742.4523. Email: sharig@co.clackamas.or.us
Lorraine Gonzales. Phone: 503.742.4541. Email: lorrainego@co.clackamas.or.us

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