From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas Co. Department of Transportation and Development, 503- 742-4274 Date: 09-26-13

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Public invited to attend meetings, comment on Clackamas County transportation system projects and policies recommended by public advisory committee

After nearly two years of work, the Transportation System Plan (TSP) Public Advisory Committee approved recommendations for projects, programs and policies needed to keep the transportation system safe and reliable for the next 20 years. The recommendations include more than 300 projects for roads, bridges, sidewalks and bikeways needed throughout unincorporated Clackamas County.

The TSP Public Advisory Committee recommendation updates the Clackamas County Transportation System Plan and includes a revised list of 20-year capital improvements, as well as policy and regulatory changes to reflect current transportation needs and to conform to recent state and regional regulatory changes. The proposal includes amendments to both the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning and Development Ordinance.

Major highlights of the proposal include:

  • An exhaustive review of the Comprehensive Plan, changing many existing policies. More than 80 new policies were created, focusing on transportation needs of the urban and rural areas, emphasizing safety, equity, health and sustainability.
  • Updated to the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) which identifies the major improvements that are needed to the county’s transportation system over the next 20 years.
  • Review and updates to roadway operating standards to reflect regulatory changes on the state and regional level.
  • Updates to TSP maps, aligning their formats and making them consistent with recommended policy changes.
  • Typical road cross sections have been included to better illustrate the roadway design guidelines.

These recommendations will be reviewed and discussed, and further recommendations will be made by the planning commission this fall, followed by public hearings and action by the Board of County Commissioners in December. The public is invited to participate, attend meetings and to submit testimony in writing or at a hearing.

The draft amendments are available for review on the county website at http://www.clackamas.us/planning/zdoproposed.html. More details about the process to update the TSP, including records of all the PAC meetings, and additional background information can be found on the project website at www.clackamascountytsp.com.

People may comment or ask questions in a variety of ways:

  • Attend one of the public open houses, scheduled for Oct. 14 and 28 to learn more about the recommendations
  • Comment in person or in writing at one of the planning commission and/or Board of Commissioners public hearings
  • Complete the comment form on the project website at www.clackamascountytsp.com
  • Email or call Martha Fritzie at 503-742-4529 or mfritzie@co.clackamas.or.us
  • Send comments in writing to Martha Fritzie, Clackamas County Planning Department, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

Public open houses: Two open houses have been scheduled. This is an opportunity to learn about the details of the proposal and ask questions. They are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14, and Monday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 6:15 p.m., in the Development Services Building Auditorium, 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City.

The planning commission public hearing to consider the amendments is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Development Services Building Auditorium, room 115, 150 Beavercreek Rd., in Oregon City. Public comment is invited either in writing or within a week of the scheduled meeting by email. If a continuation of the hearing is necessary, it will take place Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

The Board of County Commissioners will consider the planning commission’s recommendations on the proposed amendments at two public hearings scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m.

Both hearings will be held at the Public Services Building, Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City. Commissioners will consider all written testimony submitted to the planning commission and will accept additional written testimony up to, and on the day of, the hearing(s).

For additional information regarding these proposed amendments, contact Martha Fritzie at 503-742-4529 or mfritzie@clackamas.us. The draft amendments are also available for review on the county website at http://www.clackamas.us/planning/zdoproposed.html

For more information, contact Transportation Planning Supervisor Karen Buehrig at karenb@co.clackamas.or.us or 503-742-4683.

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