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Citizen Participation Organization newsletters are developed by representatives of your local CPO and are provided to you as part of the OSU Extension Service’s Community Resource Development Program. Washington County Administration, Departments, and/or officials claim no responsibility, expressed or implied, for the content of the newsletter.

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Meetings 2014

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Road Paving on SW Tongue Lane 

Paving on SW Tongue Lane from OR Hwy 219 to SW Iowa Hill Road will take place from
October 3rd - 9th. Roads will remain open, but could be restricted to one-way traffic. Travelers are advised to expect up to 15 minute delays and encouraged to use alternate routes if possible.



OSU Extension Service In The Garden Series: Improving Your Garden Soil This Winter - September 27th

Learn thrifty and environmentally friendly methods of improving your garden soil over the winter. DSaturday, September 27th, 1 pm, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at west end of Washington County Fair Complex. No fee or registration.


Tree for All Community Stream Planting - October 4th

Community stream planting campaign is kicking off this fall. Citizens from all over Washinton County will join with local organizations to plan one million native trees and shrubs along the Tualatin River and its tributaries. The next event is on October 4th at Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro.




Following the public hearing on June 17th, the Washington County Board of Commissioners decided to refer a proposed countywide vehicle registration fee to the voters in November.

The County is considering a $30 per year fee on vehicles owned by residents and businesses. A $17 per year fee would apply to motorcycles/mopeds. Government, school, farm, antique, special interest and recreational vehicles, in addition to vehicles owned by disabled veterans would be exempt. If approved by the voters, 60 percent of the funds would be allocated to the county for roads it maintains and 40 percent to cities for use on roads they maintain. The ordinance will also be amended to provide greater clarity on how the funds will be used if the voters approve the fee.


For more information visit the County's Transportation Funding page.




Upcoming Washington County Public Affairs Forum Events
Schedule to come.


CPO Schedule At A Glance

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CPO Maps

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CPO 1 - Cedar Hills, Cedar Mill

CPO 3 - West Slope, Raleigh Hills, Garden Home

CPO 4B - Bull Mountain, Tigard

CPO 4K - King City and Vicinity

CPO 4M - Metzger, East Tigard, Durham

CPO 6 - Reedville, Aloha, Cooper Mountain

CPO 7 - Sunset West, Rock Creek, Bethany

CPO 8 - North Plains, Helvetia, Mountaindale

CPO 9 - Hillsboro, Orenco

CPO 10 - Laurel, Farmington, Scholls, Chehalem Mtn, Groner

CPO 15 - Fern Hill

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Information and articles of interest to multiple CPOs

June 17, 2014 -- Memo to Board of County Commissioners from Director of Land Use and Transportation, re: New Transportation Development Tax Ordinance (link to .pdf)


News release June 3, 2014:

Washington County to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Increase to Garbage and Recycling Collection Rates

The Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss recommended increases to residential and commercial garbage collection rates for residents and businesses in unincorporated Washington County.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 12, 10 a.m., at the Public Services Building auditorium, 155 N. First Avenue, Hillsboro.

Anyone may attend the meeting and provide comments to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee regarding the proposed rate changes. The public may also submit written comments via email to recycle@co.washington.or.us, or by mail to the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program, 155 North First Avenue, Suite 160, Hillsboro OR 97124. Comments will be shared with the committee.

Copies of the staff report and recommended rate increases are available:

• Online at www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/SWR/Committees/solid-waste-advisory-committee.cfm
• At Washington County Health and Human Services – Solid Waste and Recycling Program, 155 North First Avenue, Suite 160, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• By calling 503-846-8605 or e-mailing recycle@co.washington.or.us

The nine members of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee are appointed by and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on solid waste and recycling policy and program issues. Six members represent the public while three represent the solid waste industry. A representative of the county’s Health and Human Services Department serves as a non-voting committee member. The committee typically meets the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Public Services Building in Hillsboro. Meeting agendas are posted to the web page listed above. The public is welcome to attend meetings.

Portland Metro Area Air Quality Workshop Friday, June 6, 2014

This Friday June 6, Rep. Mitch Greenlick (Chair of the House Committee on Health Care) and Sen. Mike Dembrow (Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee) are sponsoring a workshop on the link between toxic air pollution in the Portland metro area and risks to public health.

Portland Metro Area Air Quality Workshop: 9am to 3pm Friday, June 6, Portland Community College/Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland OR - Moriarty Auditorium 

According to Senator Dembrow, "It's my hope that this workshop will begin a conversation about potential legislation for the 2015 session around air quality.  We'll have several Portland-area legislators in attendance."

The workshop is open to the public. Check out the agenda (linked here) featuring speakers from agencies, citizen advocate groups, the Legislature and Governor’s office, and Metro. Locally, Miki Barnes and Jim Lubischer from Oregon Aviation Watch will give a presentation on Hillsboro Airport and lead emissions, and staff of Port of Portland and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will be on hand to respond. The Hillsboro Airport segment begins at 11:30 am. There will be a public comment session from 2:00 to 2:45 pm. Lunch is “on your own.”  



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Westside transportation options: links and documents

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CPO Talk

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CPOTalk, an email and news discussion group, gives CPO members an opportunity to share information, seek advice on issues from members of other CPOs, hear about upcoming events and generally keep in touch with each other.

To sign up for the discussion group, please go to the following website to submit your request:


To keep email messages to a minimum, you can elect to receive messages in digest form (one email a day with all messages received within a 24-hour period). 

CPOTalk is open to Washington County residents and persons owning businesses or properties within CPO boundaries and who also participate in their local CPO. The intent of the forum is to encourage and support citizen discussion of land-use issues relating to growth and development, transportation, affordable housing, natural resources, watersheds, and other matters that impact the livability of Washington County communities.

CPOTalk standards will mirror those for CPO meetings with an expectation of respectful dialogue, balancing the views presented on topics of interest, not promoting the aims/goals of other advocacy organizations, no campaigning for elective office and/or initiatives and no fundraising.

CPOTalk encourages postings that include, but are not limited to:

  • Sharing information and ideas on involving/recruiting Washington County citizens in the public processes that affect their community’s livability
  • Informing members within CPOs of emerging concerns or time-sensitive issues
  • Requesting specific information on topics of interest
  • Announcing events (workshops, training sessions, meetings, fairs, etc)
  • Posting articles or notices of general interest on land-use issues, ordinances, legislation, etc.

CPO coordinators also use CPOTalk to distribute information that is of general interest or which may be time-sensitive.

CPOTalk is a restricted discussion list which means that membership requires approval by the list administrator, Margot Barnett, Oregon State University Extension Service CPO program coordinator. The approval process will protect persons from receiving unrelated and unwanted emails. Emails to the discussion group will not be moderated (that is, reviewed before being distributed to the members). Members can set email preferences to receive either individual messages or a digest of all emails received during a day; the latter helps to control the number of emails received. If warranted, topics will also be archived.

For other information about CPOTalk, contact Margot Barnett at 503-821-1114.

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Citizen Involvement Quarterly (CIQ) Newsletters

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The Citizen Involvement Quarterly (CIQ) newsletter fulfills a long-standing wish to reach out to county residents who have requested to become members of CPOs that are not currently active.

Washington County CPOs - Citizen Participation Organizations - are grassroots citizen involvement networks that are devoted to informing residents about opportunities to participate in local land-use and livability issues. This newsletter is provided to you as part of the OSU Extension Service’s Community Resource Development Program. Washington County Administration, Departments, and/or officials claim no responsibility, expressed or implied, for the content of the newsletter.

To view the PDF version of the CIQ Newsletters, please download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you would like to subscribe to your local CIQ newsletter please go to the Newsletter Request page.


2014 Newsletters:

Spring 2014

2013 Newsletters:

Oct/Nov/Dec 2013

July/Aug/Sept 2013

Apr/May/June 2013

Jan/Feb/Mar 2013




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Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI)

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All meetings are open to the public. The County CCI's next meeting is scheduled for 7 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2014, TVF&R Community Room, 20665 SW Blanton St, Aloha.

Each CPO is represented on Washington County's CCI, whose focus includes, but is not limited to, citizen involvement policy issues. The CCI general membership's regularly scheduled meeting is at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at TVF&R North Operating Center (NOC), Community Room, 20665 SW Blanton St, Aloha 97007.

The CCI Steering Committee's regularly scheduled meeting is at 4 PM on the fourth Thursday of the month at TVFR Fire Station 61, 13730 SW Butner Road, Beaverton. Visit the CCI Steering Committee's page for agendas. 

If you have questions regarding how to engage with the CCI, please contact OSU Extension Coordinator Dan Schauer, 503-821-1123.

(To view the PDF version of the CCI agendas, please download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader)


September 16, 2014 CCI agenda

August 19, 2014 CCI agenda

July 15, 2014 CCI agenda

June 17, 2014 CCI agenda

May 20, 2014 CCI agenda

April 15, 2014 CCI agenda

March 18, 2014 CCI agenda

February 18, 2014 CCI agenda

January 21, 2014 CCI agenda



August 19, 2014 minutes - DRAFT

July 15, 2014 minutes

June 17, 2014 minutes - appended

May 20, 2014 minutes

April 15, 2014 minutes

March 18, 2014 minutes 

February 18, 2014 minutes 

January 21, 2014 minutes 


September 2014:

Meeting Packet Memo

Examples for Ground Rules for CCI Meetings

Intel Strategic Investment Program fact sheet (link to County's web page)

Land Use & Transportation Work Program issue identification form (Word .doc). For background, view the County's web page for the Annual Work Program.  

August 2014: Presentation (.pdf) on the County's proposed Vehicle Registration Fee.  

August 2014: Meeting packet .ZIP file. (Contains County CCI Bylaws Questions, re: City CCI representation; CPO Program 2014 2nd Quarter Report; Results of CCI Work Plan Prioritization; Medical Marijuana Ordinance July presentation.) 

July 2014: Information provided to the 7/15/14 CCI meeting by Washington County Dept. of Land Use and Transportation on the Medical Marijuana Dispensaries ordinance proposal (Ordinance 792). Link to .ZIP file of the power point presentation and map.

July 2014: CCI Work Planning Part 2 - Verbatim list from June session, and worksheet for prioritization

June 2014: CCI Work Planning - Background Presentation 

April 2014: Revised Draft 2014-2015 Couny-OSU Intergovernmental Agreement for CPO Program (4-9-14): .pdf link

March 2014:

January 2014 packet (.ZIP 2 MB)




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Below is information regarding the Harold M. Haynes Citizen Involvement Award. The Nomination form is sent to all CPO leaders in April and May.

Honoring Citizen Involvement
Harold M. Haynes Nomination Form

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Community of Interest Groups

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CPO members may approach CPO coordinators to form a group to address an issue or concern that may span beyond a CPO's boundaries and in which other CPO's may have an interest. Examples of groups that have been formed include:

  • New Regulations for Cell Towers Group
  • Noise Control Group
  • Tree Code Group: for more information on this group please see www.washcotreegroup.org

None of these above groups are currently active. If you would like more information on starting a Community of Interest Group please contact:

Margot Barnett 503-821-1114

Dan Schauer 503-821-1123

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Community Involvement Resources

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