Many of you have heard about the closure of the Blue Heron Paper Mill on the Oregon City side of Willamette Falls.

What has perhaps not been clear is that Blue Heron owned 39 acres on the West Linn side, used for a settling pond, which was recently purchased by Clackamas County’s Water Environment Services (WES). This property is about a mile above the falls and should not be confused with the settling pond, closer to the mills, used by the West Linn Paper Mill.

WES has reserved only about five acres for its own use, and the county has asked West Linn to help develop a master plan for how to best use the remaining 34 acres to benefit our city and citizens. This is a unique opportunity for us to create something special for our city.

A Blue Heron Task Force has already been created to start this process. The community volunteers in this group are helping the city with community outreach and visioning to determine the best use of this site.

As part of this process, an online survey has been created at Please share your thoughts with us by completing this survey.

If you want more information before completing the survey, you can visit, where you will find more details about the site, the master planning process and potential limitations of the site that will affect any future plans. You can also contact Associate Planner Sara Javoronok at 503-657-0331 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to meet with her and learn more about the project.

The work being done by the Blue Heron Task Force and the information collected from the community will be the cornerstone of any master plan for the Blue Heron site. Without community input, we cannot shape a plan that will meet West Linn’s vision.

Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas and preferences on the reuse of the former Blue Heron site!

Jody Carson is a member of the West Linn City Council.

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