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Washington County seeks comment on state study about rural tourism

Washington County officials are seeking public input on a Rural Tourism Study compiled by independent consultants and the county’s Department of Land Use & Transportation.

The study, funded in part by the Washington County Visitors Association, was done to better understand existing, trending and desired conditions for agriculture and tourism throughout rural Washington County; the regulatory framework that rural tourism operates within; and practices to minimize potential impacts of tourism on rural lands.

Public comment on the report will help to inform development of any future land use ordinance related to rural tourism.

Community members are asked to review and share the report and to submit suggestions and comments by Sept. 30.

County staff will report on comments received and seek direction from the Washington County Board of Commissioners in the fall.

Printed copies of the study are available at Washington County libraries and through each Citizen Participation Organization (CPO). A limited number of copies are available for a fee at the county’s Public Services Building, 155 N. First Ave. in Hillsboro.

Comments can be submitted on the county’s website at co.washington.or.us/ruraltourismstudy; via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or mailed to: Anne Kelly, associate planner, Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation, 155 N. First Ave., Suite 350, MS 14, Hillsboro, 97124.