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Draft 2015-16 Work Program Released for Review

Comment Deadline - February 26th 

Annually, the Washington County Planning and Development Services Division prepares a long range planning work program for adoption by the Board of Commissioners. The Draft 2015-16 Work Program describes the planning projects, potential land use ordinances and other Long Range Planning activities projected to be addressed in the next year. The Board is scheduled to consider the work program, including public comments, on Tuesday, March 24th, 6:30 pm, at their Board meeting which is open to the public.

How to Submit Comments
If you would like your comments included in the final staff report to the Board, submit them by February 26th in one of the following ways:

  • In person or by mail to Long Range Planning Section, Department of Land Use & Transportation, 155 N First Ave., #350-14, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
  • By fax to 503-846-4412
  • By email at lutplan@co.washington.or.us. Emails should include full name, mailing address, company/organization affiliation if applicable, contact information, etc. Scanned signed letters are encouraged.

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Planning Committee Members Needed for CPO Event

Do you have an interest in disaster preparedness and resilience planning for your community? The CPO Program will be sponsoring a community event on this topic, and it will be led by CPO volunteers. The committee is now forming and will meet soon. To volunteer, please contact CPO Program Coordinator Beth St. Amand at beth.stamand@oregonstate.edu or 503-821-1114.  

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Vacancies to Fill on County Boards and Commissions

Positions are open until filled.

Boards, committees and commissions advise the Board of Commissioners on matters of interest to people who live and work in Washington County. Serving on an appointed board or commission is a great way to participate in the decision making process and to learn more about how government works. 

Volunteer positions now available:

Behavioral Health Council (11 vacancies)
Contact: Dawn Andresen, Health and Human Services / 503-846-4555

Developmental Disabilities Council (6 vacancies) 
Contact: Mary Lanxon, Developmental Disabilities Supervisor / 503-846-3128

Metzger Park Advisory Board (2 current vacancies)
Contact: Todd Winter, Parks Superintendent / 503-359-5732

Public Health Advisory Council (3 current vacancies)
Contact: Tricia Mortell, Public Health Division Manager / 503-846-4745

2015 Oregon Active Transportation Summit - March 30-31

Creating Healthy, Vibrant Communities
Two days of inspiring mobile workshops, plenaries, professional training, and networking with innovators, thought leaders, and passionate professionals from the Pacific Northwest. If you are a professional, policy maker, or advocate working in the fields of transportation planning and engineering, community development, recreation and tourism, or public health, this event is for you!. 

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Help Make Oregon a Safer and Better Place to Bike

New Smartphone App
TTP Lab has developed a smartphone app to collect route, infrastructure, crash, and safety data for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Data provided by the ORcycle app users will be utilized to produce maps displaying all reported locations with crashes, safety or infrastructure issues/problems. State, county, and city staff as well as app users will be able to access maps with crash and safety data gathered by ORcycle. 

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CCI Meetings

The Washington County Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) Meets Monthly
Each active CPO is represented on Washington County’s Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI), which has a focus including, but not limited to, citizen involvement policy issues. Meetings are held at 7 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at the TVF&R Community Room, 20665 SW Blanton St., Aloha. More information at http://bit.ly/11J3Pu5. Open to the public.


FHA's Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking

This publication, produced by the Federal Highway Administration, includes information and resources to help you learn about issues that affect walking and biking conditions and promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety.



Willamette Water Supply Program

The Willamette Water Supply Program is planning to develop an additional source of water from the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville. This project will expand the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant and add pipelines and storage to serve communities in Washington County. Several pipeline route alternatives are being considered. Construction in most areas will not begin for several years.


Tree for All Community Stream Plantings

Citizens from all over Washington County will join with local organizations to plan one million native trees and shrubs along the Tualatin River and its tributaries.

February 28
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood

March 7
Dairy Creek Tributary, NW Arborpark Loop and NW Elmhurst Ct., Banks

March 14
Forest Glen Park, 101 Gales Creek Rd., Forest Grove
Atfalati Park, 6600 SW Sagert St., Tualatin

March 21
Fernhill Wetlands, 1399 SW Fern Hill Rd., Forest Grove

March 28
Durham City Park, 17085 SW Arkenstone Dr., Durham


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Marijuana Education Forum - February 24, 6:30 pm

For Parents, Youth and Community Members 

Learn about the latest trends concerning marijuana use and how it affects our youth at this informative event. See confiscated supplies from our schools, how they are concealed, and a display of marijuana edibles. Spanish translation will be provided. At St. Anthony Parish Center, 12520 SW Grant St., Tigard. Presented by Tigard Turns the Tide Coalition, the Tigard-Tualatin School District, Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington, and the Boy Scouts of America.

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Master Gardner Class: Be Waterwise with Irrigation - March 4

The OSU Washington County Master Gardener Association invites the public to a class by Loren Radford. Learn to install a simple drip irrigation system and how to make an existing irrigation system more efficient. To be held at 9:30 am at the Washington County Fairgrounds Demonstration Gardens, 882 NE 28th St., Hillsboro.

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Sheriff's Office Is Taking Applications for the Community Public Safety Academy

Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s next Community Public Safety Academy begins March 17th and ends on June 2nd. Participants in the free, 55-hour training will learn about police equipment, the County Jail, and tour criminal justice facilities. Topics include crime scene investigations, patrol, K-9 teams, tactical operations, and more. Classes are held every Tuesday 6 - 9:30 pm, with two weekend classes. Participants must be at least 18 years old and live in Washington County. For more information, call Darlene Schnoor at 503-846-2774 or email her at darlene_schnoor@co.washington.or.us.

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Soil School 2015/PCC Rock Creek Event Center - April 4, 8am-2:30 pm

register now for this workshop to find out what soil is made of, how to test your own soil sample, and how to amend your soil for the heartiest plants and tastiest food.

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Severe Weather Shelter/Warming Centers

In times of freezing and inclement weather, severe weather shelters may activate in Washington County. For current Severe Winter Weather Shelter information, check the Current Severe Weather Shelter Activation List or contact 211 Info by dialing 2-1-1 from any landline phone or (503) 222-5555 from a cell phone, or visit 211 Info online.

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Temporarily Closure of Washington County Museum Coming

The Washington County Museum in downtown Hillsboro will be temporarily closed from February 12th to March 10th, as the building will undergo seismic upgrades in its exhibit and education centers. As a result, the following events will be cancelled:

February 14: Free Family Day
February 18: Crossroads Lecture with John Terry
March 3: Art Walk Open House

The Crossroads lecture scheduled for February will now take place May 20 at 6:30 pm. The next Free Family Day is March 14.



OR 99W Safety Project

Construction continues on OR 99W from Fischer to Durham Road. Once complete, traffic in the area should see a reduction in crashes and all road users will have a safer environment.


SW Corridor - Refinement Phase and Next Steps

The Draft Staff Recommendation was recently published and open for review by the public. It contains information about the potential High Capacity Transit station areas and multimodal projects currently under consideration in the Refinement Phase.

7:00 pm / Welcome and Announcements
Welcome and meeting overview
Washington County Sheriff’s Department Update
Tigard City Police Update
Tigard Turns the Tide-Tigard-Tualatin School District: Crystal Logan, M.S., Outreach Specialist, and 
Connie Ramaekers, Coalition Director, will give an update on this community coalition working together to prevent drug and alcohol use among local youth.   
Bicycle Transportation Alliance: Lisa Frank an Advocate with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance will give an update on the latest information in Washington County, Tigard and Bull Mountain.
Open Microphone
Neighborhood Meeting Notices and 
Land Use Application Updates
Meeting Adjourned 




Upcoming Washington County Public Affairs Forum Events
Schedule to come.


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