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TriMet exploring possible route changes

Agency tells Planning Commission that the proposal could impact six lines in Lake Oswego

TriMet representative Tom Mills briefed Lake Oswego planning commissioners Monday about potential changes to bus routes in the area as part of the transit agency's Southwest Service Enhancement Plan.

The plan is still in draft form and awaiting approval from TriMet's board, Mills said. And even if the eventual approved version includes all of the current recommended changes, TriMet still may not have the necessary funding to implement all of the changes at once, he said. Instead, TriMet may have to prioritize and implement some changes sooner than others.

But the recommended changes include:

Line 35: Upgrade to frequent service, with trips every 15 minutes all day, including weekends;

Line 36: Eliminate a loop to Rivergrove, moving the route to serve Jean Way instead;

Line 37: Enter and exit Lake Oswego on Kruse Way instead of Lower Boones Ferry Road;

Line 38: Eliminate travel through Mountain Park, staying on Boones Ferry Road;

Line 44: Extend the line down Boones Ferry Road to serve Mountain Park and Lake Grove; and

Line 78: Expand the portion of the line in Tigard (no change to the part in Lake Oswego).

Also on the agenda Monday:

The commission held its second work session to develop time, place and manner restrictions to regulate the marijuana industry if city voters overturn the current ban in November.

Discussion focused on proposed buffer zones around child care facilities, the risks posed by industrial manufacturing and the difference between the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s rules for liquor stores and its rules for dispensaries. Commissioners discussed possible solutions for nuisances caused by manufacturing facilities, such as requiring filtration systems to prevent the spread of unpleasant odors.

The next step will be a public review of draft regulations, which will be available between April 15 and May 6, followed by a public hearing on May 23.

The commission voted to approve the latest draft of the Southwest Employment Area Plan, sending it on to the City Council. The council will review the draft at its next meeting on April 19, then conduct a public hearing on May 3.

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