Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Clatsop County Planning Commission Approves Strategic Plan Rankings

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012
Clatsop County Community Relations

The Clatsop County Planning Commission on Tuesday signed off on a list ranking the projects in the county’s draft Strategic Plan.

The document next goes to the board of commissioners for review and adoption.

Development of the plan, a key goal of the board of commissioners, is intended to provide a framework for planning and pursuing the various major projects proposed by the county. The document lists projects already underway, including the Ensign Lane extension at the North Coast Business Park, Highway 101 flooding solution and Emergency Operations Center addition, as well as future initiatives such as the county comprehensive plan update and Clatsop Plains wastewater solution. The plan also includes the projects’ cost, potential funding sources and estimated time for completion.

The strategic plan contains 42 total projects – the planning commission was asked to prioritize 19 items yet to be launched or scheduled. Each panel member scored the 11 planning projects and eight infrastructure projects based on several criteria, including public need, revenue availability, cost/benefit analysis and support from other agencies.

Topping the planning project list was a proposed county technology plan update, followed in order of ranking by the comprehensive land-use plan update, transmission line standards, re-establishment of citizen advisory committees, renewable energy plan, estuary planning, sustainability plan, housing quality plan, criminal management evaluation, historic preservation program, and people’s utility district evaluation.

The infrastructure projects were ranked, in order: Westport Slough dredging, fire station access development, county-wide bypass/evacuation route, Department of State Lands permitting by the county, Clatsop Plains wastewater improvements, Columbia River sediment clean-up, Westport pedestrian improvements and East County dock expansion.

The planning commission’s priority list next goes to the board of commissioners, which will review it at the board’s scheduled Feb. 29 retreat. The board will hold its own public hearing on the plan, which is tentatively scheduled for adoption in April.

The complete draft strategic plan can be viewed on the “Land Use Planning” page on the Clatsop County website,

Released by: Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622

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