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Volume 7, Issue 9


September 2009

Community Announcements

Bonny Slope West (Area 93) session scheduled September 14

The Multnomah County Planning Department will hold a work session to discuss the draft preferred urban growth diagram and service options for this area north of Cedar Mill. The session is open to the public, and will take place at the Multnomah County Building, Room 100, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland at 6:30 pm.

The diagram or “concept plan” grew out of a series of public sessions that was held in Cedar Mill last June. The area was added to the Urban Growth Boundary by Metro back in 2002, but it has taken this long to begin to untangle issues of governance, provision of services and planning responsibilities.

At the September 1 CPO 1 meeting, Multnomah County planner Adam Barber mentioned that current thinking on the part of Portland and Multnomah County is that sewer services should be provided by Clean Water Services, while other services will likely be provided by Portland. This is certainly preferable to a previous proposal to pump the sewage over the hill to Portland! It is still undecided how Portland will deal with the gap of land between Area 93 and the Portland city limit. For background, see the May 2009 Cedar Mill News.

Sunset High crosswalk and entrance changes

The center median pedestrian island and sidewalks have been installed with signs and pavement markings for the new crosswalk in front of Sunset High School on Cornell Road. The center driveway into the school (just west of the new crosswalk) will be “right in / right out”.

In addition to the required school signs two “NO LEFT TURN” signs have been installed for westbound traffic. Westbound traffic will now need to enter the parking lot via the driveway at the west end of the school grounds. The “School Speed 20” zone will remain unchanged at this time; however, a new flashing light for the school zone should be in place before the end of the year.

The traffic pattern changes may cause some confusion the first few days of school, so please be careful in the area. The school schedule is 7:45 am to 2:30 pm, peak traffic volumes should be from about 7:15 to 7:45 and again at 2:30.

Public Affairs Forum opens new season at new location

Washington County’s Public Affairs Forum will open its 2009-2010 season on Monday September 14 from 11:30 am to 1 pm in a new location, the Old Spaghetti Factory, 18925 NW Tanasbourne Drive, across from the Evergreen movie theaters in Tanasbourne.

Deputy Chief Mike Duyck of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will speak on Providing Strategic Emergency Response to a Changing Community. Lunch is $13; $8 for soup and salad only. The lunches are open to the public, and there is plenty of parking.

Founded in 1956, the Public Affairs Forum provides a common meeting place for the interchange of ideas and to stimulate thinking on civic matters. Each week the Forum brings together community leaders, members and guests who care about what happens in Washington County, the metro region and our state. Speakers from a wide range of disciplines in government, industry, science, the arts and education address the Forum.

Debates between candidates and speakers for and against ballot measures are a staple during election seasons. Members of the Forum are afforded the opportunity to question speakers - sometimes the most interesting part of the program.

Learn more and sign up for an email reminder at

Metro seeks input

Making the Greatest Place is an integrated land-use and transportation planning effort from the Metro Council. The Council and its regional partners will make a series of decisions in the coming months that will affect our region for decades, including finalizing Urban and Rural Reserves, adopting a long-term regional transportation plan and more.

On Sept. 15, Metro will open a 30-day public comment opportunity to gather input in preparation for these decisions. Seven open houses and five public hearings will provide opportunities to learn more and provide comments.

  • Monday, Sept. 21, Hillsboro Civic Center, room 113A & B, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro Open house 2 to 4 p.m. No hearing; written comments only

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, Multnomah County Library, North Portland branch, 512 N. Killingsworth St., Portland Open house 5 to 7:45 p.m. No hearing; written comments only

  • Thursday, Sept. 24, Beaverton City Hall, 4755 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton Open house starts at 4 p.m.; hearing starts at 5:15 p.m.

  • Thurs., Oct. 15, Metro Regional Center, Council Chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland Open house starts at 4 p.m.; hearing starts at 5:15 p.m.

Comments on any of these topics may be submitted in writing at any time during the comment period by email to, by mail to Greatest Place Comments, Planning and Development, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232, or online through a link on the project web page, .

Park District fall registration begins September 12

Registration for the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s (THPRD) fall classes and programs will be open to in-district residents beginning Saturday morning, September 12.

THPRD recently mailed its Fall 2009 Activities Guide to all district residents. Class registration instructions and forms are in the guide, which is also available at any THPRD center, the Administration Office at 158th & Walker Road, or online at

Park District residents can phone in their registration from 8 am to 6 pm starting September 12—503-439-9400. Phone registration will continue September 13 (Sunday) from noon to 4 pm and September 14-18 from 8:30 am to 6 pm.

Online registration for in-district residents starts September 12 at 10 am. Users must first establish an online account—go to to get started. Classes and programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of them are in high demand so patrons are encouraged to plan accordingly.

THPRD will again offer, on a limited basis, Spanish language assistance during phone-in registration for classes and programs. The service will be available September 12-13.

All residents registering by phone must have class information handy, along with credit or debit card information (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or THPRD Gift Card) and a valid THPRD Residency Card. Residents can register only for their own immediate family. Those with questions in advance should call 503-645-6433.

Reduced mail delivery of activities guide

Starting with the Winter-Spring edition of the Activities Guide, the district will no longer mail a copy to all residents. Patrons can access the guide online at, or pick up a printed copy at any THPRD center or the Administration Office.

The Summer Guide will still be mailed, but the Fall and Winter-Spring guides will not. A postcard will be mailed to households in the district when it's ready, typically about a month prior to registration, and a notice will be posted on the website. The change will save money and support the district’s commitment to sustainability.




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