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Stafford Hamlet Town Hall meeting is April 14

At the Stafford Hamlet's first Town Hall meeting April 14, residents, land and business owners will get their first look at the proposed timeline for creating the area's first citizen-generated conceptual plan.

The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to noon at Athey Creek Middle School, 2900 S.W. Borland Road.

Although a hamlet's role in planning is purely advisory to local jurisdiction, residents are not content to merely weigh in on the development plans of others, said Carol Yamada, hamlet board of directors chair. Last fall local residents organized themselves to become Clackamas County's second hamlet to explore how, if given a chance, they would choose to develop the area.

In a presentation clarifying the role of Metro in local area planning, Brian Newman, Metro councilor since 2002, will bring residents up to speed on Metro's 2040 growth concept and how it may apply to the Stafford Basin. Newman is a resident of Lake Oswego.

The hamlet's planning committee will present a step-by-step explanation of the conceptual plan timeline. Community meetings since January have focused on how to structure an open process that would be easily accessible to community input. Key concepts in the hamlet formation process were: Grass-roots activism, transparency, consensus building and inclusion. These concepts also form the core of the Hamlet's planning model.

The final agenda item will be on co-creating a survey that will focus on discovering what members don't know yet about the community's vision for this area.

For questions, contact Yamada at 503-467-6088 or Christine Roth, Clackamas County Hamlet Liaison 503-655-8581 or visit the hamlet's Web site at www.staffordhamlet.org.