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County planning groups mull merger

Two Clackamas County-recognized community planning organizations are considering a merger.

Representatives asking for the county's blessing are from the North Clackamas Citizens Association and the Clackamas CPO, whose meetings have dwindled to as few as four people to provide recommendations on local issues to the Board of County Commissioners.

Although the two large, unincorporated neighborhoods often tackle meaty issues such as transportation planning, the largest number of people participating in meetings the past couple years, according to leaders, has been 10.

"We're both looking to strengthen our CPOs, reinvigorate the discussion process and widen the area of our reach," said North Clackamas Citizens Association President Cyndi Lewis-Wolfram.

The NCCA will meet 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Clackamas River Water District Community Room, 16770 S.E. 82nd Drive, Suite 100, Clackamas.

Another joint meeting with the Clackamas CPO is planned for October to finalize the interests of both CPOs. The final decision would be made by the Board of County Commissioners after a few months.

Residents, landowners or business interests located within the two CPO boundaries (generally south of Harmony Road and Sunnybrook Avenue, north of the Clackamas River and west of the Carver Junction) are considered members and encouraged to attend.

Topics for consideration at the NCCA meeting will include pending land-use issues before various local public agencies, private development proposals, citizen concerns and other relevant issues before the neighborhood.

Neighbors will help update the county’s transportation system plan, the McLoughlin Area Plan, the North Clackamas Park and Recreation District master plan and consider a list of priority projects to advocate for this fall.