Calendar Date:Monday, August 10, 2009 - 6:30pm
The public is invited to comment on urban and rural reserves at the August 10 Clackamas County Planning Commission meeting. This email is your notification of this special hearing. The Clackamas County Planning Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 6:30-10 p.m., Monday, August 10, to give the public an opportunity to comment on the urban and rural reserves process at a public hearing. The hearing will be held in the County’s Development Services Building Auditorium at 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City. People who wish to speak at the hearing will be asked to sign up at the meeting. The Planning Commission will also accept written testimony. After the hearing, the Planning Commission will deliberate and determine what, if any, suggestions, comments or recommendations it wishes to pass on to the Board of County Commissioners. The process of identifying urban and rural reserves is taking place throughout the three-county Portland metropolitan area during 2008 and 2009 to identify where urban growth should and should not take place in the region over the next 40-50 years. · Urban reserves are areas outside the current urban growth boundary (UGB) determined to be suitable for accommodating population and job growth for the next 40 to 50 years. · Rural reserves are areas outside the current UGB to be preserved for agricultural and forestry uses, and natural resources protection for the next 40 to 50 years. Public education and input has been part of the process from the beginning, with presentations at community meetings, open houses, surveys and web information. In Clackamas County, a 21-member Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) is responsible for advising the Board of Commissioners on the selection of lands to be designated as urban and rural reserves. The PAC is made up of representatives of cities in Clackamas County, Community Planning Organizations (CPOs)/Hamlets/Villages and other interests. The PAC has been meeting an average of once a month since spring 2008. Upcoming PAC meetings are scheduled for July 28 and August 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Development Services Building Auditorium, 150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City. The meetings are open to the public. More information about the County’s process, including material shared with the PAC, is available at www.clackamas.us/transportation/planning/piurban.jsp . For more information, contact Principal Planner Maggie Dickerson at 503.742.4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org  or go to www.clackamas.us/transportation/planning/reserves.htm .