Milwaukie to review protection of riparian areas on Tuesday


Bordered by a stretch of the Willamette River, and Johnson and Kellogg creeks, Milwaukie is looking to strengthen its environmental protections and is offering what might be the last chance for the public to weigh in on the proposals.

Click here to see the story that ran in the Clackamas Review on Jan. 4.

On June 14, the Milwaukie Planning Commission recommended council adopt a series of Natural Resource Regulation Amendments that are the product of more than two years of public review, involvement and refinement.

Council will review these amendments during its regular session on July 19, at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 10722 SE Main St.

The proposed amendments add flexibility to the city's already established Water Quality Resource areas and create a Habitat Conservation Area designation with a series of conditions that help protect trees and other vegetation around water resources. The amendments also clean up the city's mapping process to be more responsive to real conditions and gain compliance with regional and state rules in a way that's right for Milwaukie.

The Natural Resource Overlay Project began more than two years ago and reflects input gathered through six Advisory Group meetings (comprised of affected property owners, natural resource agencies, and local businesses), an open house on Jan. 6, three direct mailings to all impacted property owners, and a four-part Planning Commission public hearing process.