Oregon Marine Board Denies Petition To Remove Towed Watersports On The Willamette River In The Newberg Pool.

The Oregon State Marine Board held a virtual work session on July 22 and their quarterly Board meeting on July 23, live streamed from the agency’s Salem office.   At the meeting, the Board considered a petition which proposed the removal of towed watersports zones in the Newberg Pool on the Willamette River to allow all water activities and require wake surfing to occur in the middle of the river in an upstream direction only. The Board had previously denied a petition with the same language at their May meeting, citing conflict with a rulemaking process already open in the same area.

The Board denied the petition again at the July 23 meeting, citing the recent adoption of new rules for the area which went into effect July 1, 2020. The Board wants to gauge the effectiveness of education and increased awareness around compliance with these rules. The Board also gave the agency Director the authority to deny petitions related to the Newberg Pool on the Willamette River in the immediate future,with the condition that the Director inform the Board of any rejected petitions in the quarterly Board report.

Staff Report Released For Proposed Donald “Agri-Hood”

The City of Donald has released the staff report to the City Council related to the proposed Agri-Hood development.  The City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposal on June 9th at 6:45.

A copy of the staff report is available here:  agrihood staff report

For more information, visit the City of Donald web page at https://www.donaldoregon.gov/council-meetings

Donald Planning Commission and City Council To Hold Public Hearings on Proposed 297 Unit “Agrihood” Development.

Donald will grow substantially and lose its status as a quiet rural community if a proposal by GRC Landholdings LLC to annex and develop a proposed large “Agrihood Community” is approved by the Planning Commission and the City Council.

The proposed development would annex approximately 61 acres of productive farmland into the Donald City Limits to create a 299 lot Planned Unit Development composed of 297 single-family homes with public open space parks, walking paths, a community center with limited commercial space, and site for future apartments and townhomes. If approved, only time will tell whether or not the development will be a viable and affordable project, or just more suburbanization with social engineering thrown in.

The proposal requires a zone Change from Marion County UT – Urban Transition to City of Donald R7 and RM Residential Zones.

The Donald Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6:45pm, and the City Council will hold a public hearing on the matter on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6:45pm. Both hearings will be held at Donald City Hall. Based upon the meeting schedule, it appears that the proposal is being fast tracked without sufficient allowance for the appeal periods permitted by Oregon land use laws.

The public may submit written testimony concerning the proposal to the City, and at both public hearings.

A copy of the public notice may be viewed here: 164457

Online Open House Set For Wilsonville Road Realignment Project Near Newberg

From ODOT today :

NEWBERG—Construction has begun on the Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1W Wilsonville Road Realignment Project in south Newberg. The Oregon Department of Transportation has set up an online open house for those who want to learn more about the project and the construction impacts at http://openhouse.oregondot.org/or-18-newberg-dundee-bypass-phase-1w.

Phase 1 of the Bypass was opened in January 2018 and Phase 2 is currently in design. This project continues Phase 1 work with the realignment of Wilsonville Road to connect to OR 219 about 750 feet south of Wynooski Road. This work is needed to prepare for the future construction of the Phase 2 intersection with OR 219.

There shouldn’t be significant construction impacts because most of the work will be done off of mainline OR 219. The project will rebuild NE Adolf Road to a two-lane roadway and will be renamed NE Wilsonville Road. Also included in the project will be the removal of the medium barrier at the Springbrook Road and NE Wilsonville Road intersection to allow for left turns.

The Wilsonville Road Realignment Project will be completed this summer. The interested public is urged to visit the online open house to learn more about the project.


Aurora Planning Commission To Discuss Code Changes, Traffic Issues, and Aurora Airport Master Plan Litigation March 3rd.

The Aurora Planning Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on March 3rd at 7PM at City Hall.  Major topics of discussion will be a review of proposed City Code changes, Ehlen Road traffic safety and speed issues in the City, and an update on the Circuit Court appeal of the Land Use Board of Appeal’s decision on the Aurora Airport Master Plan.

You may view the agenda and meeting packet here.

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Aurora City Council To Discuss Allowing Marijuana Retail Businesses In Historic District.

At the upcoming February 11th regular monthly Council meeting, the Aurora City Council has calendared a public hearing on the subject of whether or not retail marijuana businesses should be allowed in the Aurora Historic District.

A copy of the Council packet, which includes the meeting agenda and staff report for the public hearing is available below.  The meeting begins at 7pm.

The agenda, including the full staff report for the hearing, is available here.



Donald-Aurora Interchange Fix Moving Forward, But With Local Concerns.

As congestion at the I-5 Donald-Aurora interchange continues to increase with over 32,000 vehicles a day using it, ODOT has been working on a fix and is expected to put the project out for bid in early 2021.

ODOT studied several designs, but appears to prefer a diverging diamond style, where Southbound I-5 traffic exiting the highway will enter the interchange onto a realigned Bents Road and a traffic signal at Bents and Ehlen Road.

Local officials and French Prairie traffic safety committees have raised several issues with ODOT regarding the likelihood that the new interchange will funnel even greater numbers of vehicles onto Ehlen and McKay Road, and that ODOT and Marion County are not addressing the matter fully. The realignment of Bents Road will also free up land in and around the interchange for commercial development, which is likely to further congest the area and certainly depart from the area’s agricultural focus.

For a look at the new interchange plan, see the ODOT presentation below.

Marion County and ODOT Begin Work On Brooks-Hopmere Community Plan and I-5 Brooks Interchange Study.

Marion County Issued The Following News Release:
Brooks-Hopmere photo collage

If you hop on I-5 north from Salem, you’ll quickly reach an exit leading to Brooks and Hopmere—a dual-town, unincorporated community area you may already be familiar with. Perhaps you’ve stopped for gas or a quick bite at the Pilot Travel Center on the west side, or noticed the massive NORPAC cold storage and packing facility on the east. Or maybe you’ve seen the incredible museums at Powerland Heritage Park or Chemeketa Community College’s Brooks campus.

In fact, if you have had the pleasure of visiting this community, it’s pretty likely that you sat in traffic at the off-ramp. For various reasons, this interchange has created vehicular difficulties for years—a fact that ODOT has thankfully taken notice of. In the coming years, ODOT will rework the interchange making travel safer for area travelers.

When ODOT decides to take on a project, there is some required land use planning that occurs before work can begin. Knowing this was on the horizon, the Marion County Economic Development Team decided to launch an effort to help the Brooks-Hopmere community have a strong voice in shaping the future of their area.

Over the coming months, county staff and hired consultants will be working with community residents, businesses, and other stakeholders to help vision and shape the future of the community. Background research on infrastructure and historical perspective has already begun in earnest. Information gleaned from interviews, community meetings, and outside research will then be integrated into various development scenarios—eventually leading to a cohesive, community plan that has been led by residents and businesses.

The Marion County Economic Development Team is enthusiastic about this effort and the future of this remarkable community. For questions or additional information, please visit www.brooks-hopmere.com or contact Cooper Whitman, Marion County Economic Development, and (503) 589-3234.

Local Community Planning Organization To Meet October 17 In Butteville.

The Aurora Butteville Barlow Community Planning Organization (ABB-CPO) will hold a meeting on October 17 cover current land-use issues within the ABB-CPO boundaries at 6 p.m. at the Butteville Store, at 10767 Butte St., Butteville.

The organization is part of the community involvement program for Clackamas County. They are advisory to the Board of County Commissioners on land use matters affecting their communities.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Bernice Ivey at 503-678-3383.

Donald Planning Commission To Hold Hearing October 17 On Application For Retail Marijuana Store.

On October 17 at 6:45pm, the Donald Planning Commission will hold a hearing on a conditional use application from an Oregon City man who is proposing to open a retail marijuana store in the downtown area. The meeting is open to the public and comment for and against the proposed use of the property will be accepted.

Donald Marijuana store notice