From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development, 503-742-4274 Date: 07-10-13

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Second Clackamas County public hearing on proposed outdoor mass gatherings code amendments postponed to Thursday, July 18

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners has rescheduled a second public hearing on proposed new code amendments for outdoor mass gatherings to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18.  The second hearing that had been planned for Thursday, July 11, will be replaced by the July 18 hearing.

A first hearing on the proposed code amendments was held June 20. Delaying the second and final hearing will allow for more time to provide additional information to the public. A fact sheet about the proposal along with a draft of the code amendments will be posted to the county website Thursday, July 11.

The proposed code amendments are designed to comply with state law for gatherings of more than 3,000 people (mass gatherings) and to add guidelines for gatherings of 300 to 3,000 people (limited gatherings).  The amendments would only apply in unincorporated areas of Clackamas County.

“Our intent,” said Clackamas County Planning Director Mike McCallister, “is to adopt regulations to provide a clear, transparent, coordinated review process to authorize mass and limited gatherings that ensure the safety, health and welfare of the participants, the organizers and the surrounding community.”

Information about the ordinance can be found here.

The rescheduled hearing will be held as part of the July 18 Board of Commissioners business meeting on the fourth floor of the county Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City beginning at 6 p.m.

To comment, people are asked to attend the business meeting at 6 p.m. on July 18 or submit comments by mail or email no later than 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, to  Lorraine Gonzales, senior planner, at lorrainego@clackamas.us or Planning and Zoning Division, Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City, OR  97045. 

For more information, contact Lorraine Gonzales at lorrainego@clackamas.us or 503-742-4541.

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