Sunday, 14 September 2014 10-12 AM
16 ATTENDEES: Caroline Wray, William Diss, Eric Squires and Barbara Squires, Fran and Ira Warren, Grethe & Soren Vestergaard, Jed Gilchrist, John Stedman, Karen and Ron Wold, Kathy Cobb-Cotton, Kay Nakamoto, Pete Smiley, and Sam Louke.
OBJECTIVES OF THIS MEETING WERE:
- Inventory our combined skillsets, interests and availability
- Determine what needs to be done to prepare for full open meeting of 175th homeowners mid-October and then Beaverton Planning Commission Nov 4
- Everyone gave quick introduction and overview of their skills, backgrounds and primary concerns.
- We have a great diversity of skills: internet, presentation skills, long-time knowledge of the neighborhood and also knowledge of the Beaverton and Washington County processes; in the room we were lacking civil engineering and legal representation
- We developed a POSSIBLE MISSION STATEMENT: “Reasonable preservation of 175th as a functional route for existing residents” (we agreed that we would work on the words, but it’s a start and represents our intent)
- We agreed to create BUSINESS ENTITY for our group: “Cooper Mountain 175th Avenue Neighborhood Association” - Ira Warren and Soren Vestergaard to arrange registering
- We agreed to create a Visual Infrastructure – a WEBSITE: Jed Gilchrist will set this up
- We discussed a number of tasks that need to be done and people were great about stepping in to sign up for them – see below (more to come).
- We marked up the Physical Map of the Tax Lots along 175th depicting who has been contacted and who is not represented as yet and made assignments to contact more individuals; communications are key.
- Great turnout and great energy. Thank You everyone! And Thank You, Grethe, for the pastry!
- Contact Civil Engineer, especially one who lives up here on Cooper Mountain (possibly obtain pro bono consulting) Sam Louke contact Jerry (Siler Ridge homeowner)
- Contact HOA's in proximity: Kemmer View, Meadow View and Sunrise Estates – Soren
- Contact legal firms familiar with LUT and eminent domain work – check against William Diss; list of attorneys and make recommendation about legal representation
- Review Washington Co. TSP 20-35 to become familiar with terminology and processes – Everybody
- Review Traffic Counts and scrutinize against models - Fran and Ron
- Take photos of the traffic issues regularly – Everybody
- Sign-up for Cooper Mountain 175th Neighbor Association to be listed on Beaverton City “Notify-Me” program – Fran
- Become familiar with Tualatin Riverkeepers work; with other Organizations looking out for the watershed, the wildlife, and preservation of Cooper Mountain as these are allies – Everybody
- Form sub-team to work on October presentation to larger Neighborhood Association Meeting (& for Nov. 5 Beaverton Planning Council Meeting): Jed, Fran, Pete and Soren (Note: others are welcome to join as they have time available and materials will be reviewed with this group at large in any event)
- ADVOCATE WITH: Washington County Commission Beaverton City Council Beaverton Planning Commission
- Create umbrella of unity: Cooper Mountain 175th Neighborhood Association working with Highway Civil Engineer and Legal support.
- POSSIBLE PROBLEM STATEMENT: 175TH has become a de-facto westside bypass and 175th is not a viable solution for this - and what is driving this:
- Cooper Mountain 175th Neighborhood Association needs to have influence over the future of 175th to ensure:
- noise reduction
- smooth traffic flows
- quality of life for human and wildlife residents
- As discussed, 2035 WashCo TSP/please share Update: August 18, 2014:
- Land Use Ordinance No. 783 was ordered for engrossment by the Board of Commissioners at their July 2, 2014 meeting. This ordinance will update the Washington County Transportation System Plan. Public testimony can be presented at the upcoming Board of County Commissioner public hearings on September 23 and October 7, 2014.
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