2018 Roadshow Event and Outreach Results

Throughout 2018, the Wasco County Planning Department and Citizen Advisory Group have initiated a variety of outreach efforts to engage property owners, residents, stakeholders and other interested parties in Wasco County 2040.

Staff will be presenting results to date to the Citizen Advisory Group at the August 7th work session.  You can view the full report, that is part of the packet, by clicking on this link. Continue reading “2018 Roadshow Event and Outreach Results”

Update on Public Involvement

As staff and the Citizen Advisory Group continue to work on updates and prepare for another road show work session series, we wanted to take a moment to thank all those who have participated in Wasco County 2040 to date.

To celebrate all the wonderful engagement, we updated an infographic from last year to show current numbers on public participation.

outreach may2018

You can submit comments, suggestions or feedback at any time over the next several years.

Here are some easy ways to stay up to date on news or share comments:

Attendaneventstayinformed.jpg

SUbmitacommentTakeoursurvey

Requestameeting

You can also send us a letter:

Wasco County Planning Department
Attn: Wasco County 2040
2705 E 2nd St
The Dalles, OR 97058

Thank you for your continued participation in helping us craft a long term vision for Wasco County’s future!

Wasco County 2040 Update

Staff and the Citizen Advisory Group are tackling the first work tasks on our work plan, making updates to Goal 1 and 2 while simultaneously changing the look of the Comprehensive Plan.  Amendments are focused on two main objectives: to align current policy with current practice and to format of the Comprehensive Plan to make it more readable.  The new format of Wasco County 2040 will be focused around each land use planning goal.  Within each goal, there are specific policies and implementation points that help us to achieve our vision.

The proposed changes reflect feedback from the public and our Periodic Review Assistance Team, and are consistent with many current practices for citizen involvement and land use planning.

The first hearing was on April 3rd with the Wasco County Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend adoption of the amended Chapters 1 and 2 to the Wasco County Board of Commissioners.  You can review the packet to review the proposed amendments, read the staff report, and learn more about the proposed changes here: here for a pdf of the packet.

These first two amendments are tasks 1 and 2 of our State approved work plan for Wasco County 2040.  The work plan consists of over 19 work tasks that cover a range of topics related to land use planning including agriculture, natural resources, housing and economic development.  The anticipated completion date for all work tasks are 2020, so there is still time to submit a comment, participate in our work sessions and hearings, and follow the progress.

WorkTasks 1 & 2

The process for adopting the amendments, or changes, looks like this:

Work Task Process

Staff is currently planning a Spring/Summer roadshow to talk to the public about water conservation plans, agri-tourism, land use planning incentives and economic development policies.  This is a great opportunity to provide feedback and ideas about how land use planning and Wasco County 2040 can help us achieve the goals of prosperity 20 years into the future!

We will also be launching a new survey next month, and continue to post information and data about a variety of topics to help keep you informed and up to date on our progress.

Progress Update and Next Steps

Staff and the Citizen Advisory Group are tackling the first work tasks on our work plan, making updates to Goal 1 and 2 while simultaneously changing the look of the Comprehensive Plan.

The first hearing will be on April 3rd with the Wasco County Planning Commission.

WorkTasks 1 & 2

These first changes are updates, rather than adding new policy, to the existing plan as well as changing the format of the Comprehensive Plan to make it more readable.  The new format of Wasco County 2040 will be focused around each land use planning goal.  Within each goal, there are specific policies and implementation points that help us to achieve our vision.

The updates will be available for review, along with a staff report, mid-March.

The process for adopting the amendments, or changes, looks like this:

Work Task Process

The next work task deadline is in November, and focuses on amendments to Goals 3 and 4.  Specifically, the current Comprehensive Plan references old minimum parcel sizes, which we will be amending.  The process for that adoption will be similar to the above, with hearings likely starting in September.

At the March 6th work session, we will also be discussing with the Citizen Advisory Group our next roadshow tentatively planned for this Spring/Summer.  This work will be looking at policy and implementation strategies that were specifically called out in the visioning process, and include things like agri-tourism, more flexible minimum parcel sizes, and incentive based approaches to land use planning/development.

In conjunction with these activities, we will be rolling out a few new topic or subject focused surveys, as well as informational videos and other materials to help you feel informed and ready to provide feedback.