Washington County is updating its
By Dyami Valentine, Senior Planner, Washington County LUT
The goal of the Transportation System Plan (TSP) update is to build upon existing plans to define the long-term needs of residents, businesses, and visitors. Project staff is working together with community members, local governments and service providers, along with local businesses and nonprofits, to examine solutions that provide for safe and reliable transportation choices in the places we live, work and play. The plan encompasses all forms of travel including freight, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and motor vehicles.
The update has been occurring over two phases, phase one is complete, phase 2 is expected to be completed by spring of 2014 and presented to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration by the end of 2014:
During the first phase, the project team compiled an inventory and assessment of the existing infrastructure, services and current demographics. An Existing Conditions Report and Summary was updated in January 2013 that summarizes where the community is today, and what growth is anticipated in the future. Phase one also updated and restructured the existing transportation policies into goals, objectives, and strategies. The revisions and reorganization does three things: 1) incorporates community aspirations, 2) provide consistency with regional transportation planning requirements, and 3) reflects current and accepted practices.
During phase two, the project team is updating the transportation system maps. The update will incorporate other recent planning efforts and is intended to reflect current community aspirations and priorities in areas that have not been through recent planning efforts. During the fall of 2013, the project team will be meeting with a number of community groups, Citizen Participation Organizations, local City governments, service providers and other stakeholders. These efforts are intended to examine community aspirations and identify a set of solutions. This will result in an updated set of priority roadway and bicycle/pedestrian projects, system enhancements, and will include other recommendations.
CPO 1 and CPO 7 will hold a joint meeting at Stoller Middle School cafeteria on November 5 from 7-9 pm. Washington County will host the event and provide light snacks. County staff will offer an update and provide maps for review and discussion of issues and solutions in your area.
For more information, visit the county’s Transportation System Plan update project website at www.tsp2035.com or contact Dyami Valentine, Senior Planner, at 503-846-3821.