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Civic Summary: Planning Commission evaluates draft transportation plan

City Council meetings generally get all the ink, but much of what the Council discusses begins at other city meetings, be it the Planning Commission, Historic Review Board or a Neighborhood Association meeting.

Our Civic Summary contains brief summaries of what happened at recent board meetings, as well as what’s to come:

Planning Commission:

On Oct. 21, the West Linn Planning Commission held a hearing to discuss the 2015 Transportation System Plan Update.

The project consultant, Susan Wright of Kittelson and Associates, opened with a summary of the public outreach efforts, explained the process to develop the draft document and provided an overview of the changes. Some of the changes included removal of any edits referencing Goal 1 and removal of new regulations related to Transportation Demand Options from the Community Development Code.

A number of residents supported crosswalks along Highway 43, as well as increasing the priority of future crosswalks. They also asked for a clarification on the status of the Highway 43 Corridor Study update and inquired when pedestrian and bicycle studies would be completed.

Along the south side of the city, residents spoke regarding needed traffic calming tools such as bump-outs and stop signs. Traffic impacts from I-205 traffic overflowing on to Willamette Falls Drive were also discussed, and residents said recent changes to the Stafford area may bring additional development potential to Borland Road, which may in turn create increased traffic on Willamette Falls Drive.

The Planning Commission continued the hearing to the Nov. 18 meeting to hear a presentation by Public Works Director Lance Calvert and to consider a recommendation to the City Council regarding the adoption of the Transportation System Plan.

The week ahead:

Oct. 29: Halloween is right around the corner, and if you want to celebrate early head to the West Linn Public Library for a Halloween Scavenger Hunt at 6:30 p.m. The hunt is for kids of middle and high school age.

Oct. 30: Per its new schedule, City Hall and the Public Works department are closed today. Family storytime for ages birth to five is also available at the library at 11 a.m.

Nov. 2: A previously scheduled City Council work session has been canceled.

Nov. 3: The library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at 4:30 p.m. A drop-in Spanish Conversation group also meets at the library at 6 p.m.

Nov. 4: A previously scheduled Planning Commission meeting has been canceled.