CPO News April 2022 – The Cedar Mill News

April Meeting: Candidates Forum

Ballot box

Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., via zoom

The May 17 primary election may settle some races and will determine who will run in the November election in others.

We invited all candidates for each position listed. Here is the list of people who have responded and who will be present. We’re still getting responses, so this list may not be complete. We will have a brief statement from each nominee, a question chosen by our steering committee, and open questions at the end if time permits. CPO 1 members can submit questions for consideration by emailing [email protected] by April 9.

Washington County Office Candidates: County Commission Chairman: Harrington, Pace; District 2 Commissioner: Treece, Frazier; Auditor: Hutzler, Adams-Wannberg; District Attorney: Barton, Decker

Metro advice: Chair: Peterson, Pyszka, Horner; District 4 Representative: Gonzalez

Oregon State Legislature: State Representative’s District 27: Helm, Carpenter, Nelson; State Representative’s District 34: Reynolds, Kinzey; State Senate: Steiner Hayward

Labor commissioner: Kulla, Baca

We will hear from representatives of BSD and WCSO voting measures, and any other voting-related issues, if any, at the May 10 meeting.

Click the zoom link above to join the meeting live or watch it later on our YouTube channel. We have been broadcasting our meetings live since before COVID. Last month we started live streaming and recording on YouTube, but you can watch previous meetings on our Facebook page here. And don’t hesitate to “subscribe” to our YouTube channel! We can’t get a “real name” until we have 100 subscribers!

If you don’t receive CPO 1 meeting notices in your mailbox or inbox, you can sign up here. The CPO 1 Bylaws state that receipt of notice is how you become a voting member.

Land use and your CPO

Your CPO receives ward meeting notices, development applications, and decision notices for all land use activities within our boundaries. We try to stay on top of what’s going on so we can be the community resource for neighbors with questions or concerns.

County web pages provide additional information. One of these pages, “Projects Under Review”, is a web page maintained by WashCo Land Use (LUT) listing applications received and currently under review. You can organize the display by CPO number by clicking on this column header. There’s not a whole lot of information available there, but it’s a way to check and see if something you’re interested in is still under review.

We hope that the county department that currently operates the CPO system (Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement – OEICE) will provide training to help people who want to get involved in CPOs understand these complicated processes. It has been four years since this kind of training took place and we have not yet succeeded in our request.

Neighborhood meetings

West Union gas station

A meeting was held on March 30 so that Robert Barman and Mercedes Serra (3J Consulting) could present a revised plan for his gas station project at 185th and West Union. The new design includes a drive-thru on the west side of the convenience store with a wider setback from the 185th, a smaller footprint for the store, reducing the number of gas pumps from ten to eight, and eliminating diesel. They say the drive-thru will make up for the smaller store. They had no information on the increase in traffic it might bring.

Neighbors have organized in opposition, though county regulations are unlikely to prohibit this. You can read Brandon Phillips’ notes from the meeting and learn more here. A campaign is underway to ask the county to implement new rules on the location of gas stations.

Development requests

Jonathon Place Development

A request has been received to build a single family home on a large vacant lot in the Burton Grove area. Since the zoning requires two houses on a lot of this size, Westlake Development is applying for Type II approval stating that they will show that a second house could be built in the future.

More information about development in CPO 1 can be found in Development News.

Summary of the CPO’s March meeting

by Vicky Siah

After the land reconnaissance, we heard from some of our service providers. Brian Yourstone, THPRD, noted that the multipurpose field at the THPRD’s Mountain View site has been approved and that the THPRD is working on the permitting process. Construction is expected to begin next year. Additionally, THPRD is partnering with the City of Beaverton to create a “more livable and economically vibrant downtown.” These projects include new parks and open spaces.

WCSO’s Brenda Schaffer cautioned attendees against scams that often take the form of emails: scammers pretend to be entities that control bank account information. Entrants should be wary of emails asking them to update account information via online forms. Additionally, Lt. Ed Rawlinson shared the area’s crime map, pointing to an increase in mail theft. He suggests residents use USPS Informed Delivery – USPS sends a photo of your mail so you can see if anything is missing.

TVWD’s Andrea Watson gave a work area safety refresher as construction begins on Willamette’s water supply. The work “will intensify over the next two months”, so Watson is urging individuals to be careful when driving in these areas.

Virginia Bruce reported that the Estates at Leahy Park development has been accepted by LUT and is under review.

A discussion of this project followed Cornell Road Project Manager Ben Lively’s presentation on the Cornell Road project. It features a traffic light, dedicated left-turn lane, buffered bike lanes on the street, lockable mailboxes, eight-foot sidewalks, streetlights, and a center turn lane. This project also includes a new sanitary sewer, improved water lines and a restoration of the Reeves Street water quality facility. According to Lively, construction began in February 2022 and is expected to be completed in August 2023. The project’s working hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and measures have been taken to minimize the impact on the community.

For the second feature of the meeting, Metro Councilor Juan Carlos Gonzalez spoke about his work and future plans. Money from the Supportive Housing Services Measure, passed in May 2020, began to be distributed in July 2021. It provides funds to improve many aspects of housing, from mental health services to help rent and employment. These are community-specific services, and Councilor Gonzalez reiterates the importance of “investing in what works now”. Transportation is another key issue for Councilor Gonzalez. Washington County received a RAISE grant and the county intends to build a 6-mile multi-use road between Hillsboro, Cornelius and Forest Grove.

Virginia Bruce and Bruce Bartlett concluded the meeting by outlining the improvements that need to be made within the CPO system. These concerns were discussed with Commissioner Pam Treece.