One of the West Linn City Council's unanimously adopted goals for the year is to have the community develop a long-term vision that will encourage desirable change and discourage undesirable change along Highway 43/Willamette Falls Drive. The council wants to hear the community's desires and ideas for the future for the Hwy. 43/Willamette Falls Drive corridor - including the commercial, residential and industrial areas beside these roads - at a workshop on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Rosemont Ridge Middle School's commons.
I encourage you to find time in your busy schedule to attend this important meeting and to help shape the future of West Linn.
In the decades to come, West Linn, like other communities in the region, will likely experience increased population growth and traffic congestion, potentially higher fuel costs, economic challenges and the uncertainties posed by climate change - all of which could affect the livability of the community.
At the workshop on Sept. 29, community members will consider some possibilities for the future of the Hwy. 43/Willamette Falls Drive corridor, brainstorm other ideas and identify their preferences. These community preferences will be captured in a concept vision.
There are important choices to make. For example, should the property along the Willamette River between Bolton and Willamette be retained for industrial use or eventually redeveloped as an historic interpretive center with shops, restaurants and a hotel - as a park or as something else?
Should we continue the pattern of strip commercial development along Hwy. 43 or, should we provide for more concentrated development in mixed-use centers offering a variety of goods and services? Should we provide for growth in a way that reduces dependence on automobiles? Child care for ages four and up and light refreshments will be provided at the workshop. I hope to see you there and I thank you for sharing your time with the city of West Linn.
Mike Jones is a West Linn City Council member