Friday, May 25, 2012

Highlights Of May 23, 2012 CCBofC Meeting

Clatsop County Board of Commissioners Highlights
Wednesday, May 23,
2012 regular meeting

Official minutes
available once approved by board

Ocean planning element adopted

The board adopted
amendments adding a Goal 19-Ocean Resources element to the county’s
comprehensive land-use plan. The amendments, which also updated related policies
under state land-use goals 5, 8, 9, 13, 17 and 18, provides the county a
framework for reviewing applications for development projects, including
wave-energy installations, within the territorial sea three miles off the

Wauna plan approved

The board held the
first reading of Ordinance 12-05, establishing a financing plan for payment of a
$2.5 million refund to the Georgia-Pacific corporation for its Wauna pulp and
paper mill. The payment, required under the negotiated settlement of a tax
appeal case filed by G-P, will be paid by all 60 taxing districts in Clatsop
County, and will be covered by 10-year revenue bonds.
A public hearing and
second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for June 13.

Service contract approved

The board approved a
contract with Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare to provide state-funded services to
the developmentally disabled in Clatsop County. Clatsop Behavioral takes over
the contract from Columbia Community Mental Health of St. Helens, which has
provided the services from 2006 but which informed the county in March that it
would end its contract this year.
The program provides
vocational and residential services to approximately 180 individuals in Clatsop

Homeless plan endorsed

The board voted
unanimously to endorse the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. The document,
which identifies causes of homelessness, affected populations, housing needs and
available resources and opportunities, is the product of the Clatsop Homeless
Coalition, a partnership of multiple agencies and stakeholders formed in 2011 by
Clatsop Community Action.

Rezone ordinance read

The board held the
first reading of Ordinance 11-04, a consolidated zone change, partition and
density transfer application from Michael Benesch, Warrenton Fiber Co. and Waldo
Veelle. The application, covering 13 acres of property on Dolphin Road near
Warrenton, was originally reviewed by the board in 2011, but was returned to the
Planning Division after staff determined there were inadequate findings of
A public hearing and
second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for June 13.

Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 325-1000 ext. 1312

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