We have 3 very important updates for you – we will also be posting these on our website and we will be sending separate emails with the details on each:
1) YOUR INFLUENCE: Save175th Neighborhood Association is having significant influence on decision-making in several Washington County organizations, while not necessarily on the City of Beaverton as yet. We will be sending you an email detailing our interactions with County officials and the projects you’ve requested that have been turned over to transportation engineers with our help – awaiting funding.
2) KEMMER RIDGE: There is a new 61-home development planned for the field and hillside to the North of TVF&R Fire Station #69 – just south of the intersection of Kemmer and 175th. This plat was zoned R-6 in the early 1980’s and had been left idle until now. The developer was directed to meet with Save175th and CPO6 (Ray Eck) to review the preliminary plans which he did, on Monday, 22 December. Kim Kollie graciously agreed to be the project leader for Save175th - to follow this project, to try to defer as much of the potential traffic impacts as possible. Kim attended this preliminary meeting as well. We will send out the official detail plans as soon as we receive them. But it is noteworthy to point out that the developer presented to us at this meeting, that they are planning to use 175th on the south side of the Fire Station as the exit for this 61 home development – this is change from a “reported” former plan.
There will be a lot design sign posted soon on the property and neighborhood meetings announced sometime in January.
3) NEW HIGH SCHOOL: Beaverton City School District (BSD), https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/, is planning on building a new high school at the corner of 175th and Scholls Ferry Road. We have always pledged to not publish anything until it is officially validated so as not to cause any undue alarm for existing residents. But this particular project requires citizen action early - and often - and Save175th will be asking each of you for your (written) voice in a separate email – we are asking you to please read that email and respond as instructed (if you agree to its contents) so we may present it to the Beaverton Planning Commission and the Superintendent of Schools of Beaverton School District before 15 January.
AFFECTS US ALL: this school could very likely bring up to 1000 additional cars on 175th each morning – with approximately 60% of those cars coming from the North of the school - ALSO 1000 cars going out each evening when school gets out as well! This is a BIG DEAL because BSD current plans depict ALL of the school’s access roads dump out onto 175th!!
Save175th had 5 visible representatives at the BSD Open House on 17 December meeting (Oregonian reported there were only about 30 people there in total!).
We have our own excellent writeup of the meeting including some alarming numbers (but not yet validated) – and we will send this report in a separate email and post the information on our website. We will post the BSD validated information as soon as it is published. This school is slated to open in 2017 and to projected to be larger than Westview. Here is the URL for the Oregonian article: http://www.oregonlive.com/beaverton/index.ssf/2014/12/school_boundaries_and_traffic.html. At the December Beaverton Planning Commission Meeting, the BSD was directed to apply for R-1 zoning for this property – we strongly recommend that Save175th make a significant showing at all future presentations by this High School!
Note: there are several organizations lobbying objections to this particular site for this High School based on its location: the ball fields are intrusively close to the designated wetlands and also causing potential Clean Water Act issues and, at least one County Commissioner is extremely sensitive to the overtrafficking of 175th – especially at Scholls Ferry.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you again for your time and for your caring about your neighbors’ safety and quality of life.
Take Good Care,
Chair, Save175th Neighborhood Association.