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Cornelius council takes step toward UGB expansion

Following a public hearing at Monday night’s City Council meeting, ordinances 2015-06 and 2015-07, expanding Cornelius’ new Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), were given unanimous first-reading approval.

The 345-acre Northeast and Southeast extensions of the UGB began as a contentious issue in 2014 when nearly 50 rural Washington County residents turned out for the first of three public meetings to express their concerns.

The north parcel, near Council Creek, and the south parcel, near the Tualatin River, are part of House Bill 4078, which mandated the establishment of urban and rural land-use reserves in Washington County.

On Monday night, only three property owners spoke during the public hearing. All three urged adoption of the ordinances. No one spoke in opposition to the expansion.

A second reading and final approval of the UGB expansion is set for the council’s Nov. 16 meeting.

Tribe to join trail board

At its Nov. 6 meeting, the Salmonberry Agency Board will consider adding the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde as an ex-officio member of the agency’s Board of Directors.

The meeting, which will be conducted by phone at 10 a.m., is open to the public. A listening room will be made available at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offices at 725 Summer St. N.E. in Salem.

If approved, the Tribal peoples’ organization, which seeks to provide a sustainable economic foundation for future generations, would become influential in the construction of the Salmonberry Trail — an eight-city, two-county pathway that traverses the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farm fields and Coast Range.

For more information on the meeting, the Agency or the Confederated Tribes, contact Rocky Houston at 503-986-0750.

Scenic bikeway called second most traveled

The Washington County Visitors Association recently announced that the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway (TVSB) is the second most traveled bikeway out of 12 in Oregon, behind the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.

Stretching 50.4 miles from Hillsboro to Vernonia, the TVSB had the fifth highest amount of travel spending in 2014, accounting for a little more than $1 million to local businesses.

Additionally, cyclists who used the TVSB have been credited with the creation of 12 unique jobs as a result of the $1 million spent, averaging roughly $254,000 in employee earnings.

Interest in the TVSB has helped the bikeway’s individual webpage rise to the 30th most-visited page on the Visitors Association’s website out of hundreds of sub-pages the association sponsors.

Collectively, cyclists using Oregon’s scenic bikeways have been reported as contributing $12.4 million to the state’s economy during their travels.

The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway saw $3.1 million in expenditures, creating 42 jobs.