The Department of Land Use & Transportation
Weekly Update

Board approves last two ordinances of the 2015 season 

The final ordinances of the land use ordinance season were adopted by the Board of County Commissioners at its Oct. 27 meeting: Ordinance No. 802 (Bonny Slope West Community Plan) and Ordinance No. 804 (Recreational marijuana regulations).

The Board acted on 10 land use ordinances this year. In addition to those mentioned above, highlights include:

A land use ordinance may adopt, amend, or repeal provisions of the County's Comprehensive Plan, development or zoning code and related maps. The Washington County Charter establishes the annual land use "ordinance season" from March 1 to Oct. 31. Land use ordinances cannot be considered outside of this timeframe.   Land Use Ordinance Webpage 


Development Forum is Oct. 29
LUT's fall Development Forum will be 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Public Services Building Cafeteria. The forum provides development and building industry customers with the opportunity to network, provide valuable input, and learn more about PDS services, initiatives, and processing timelines.
Highlights include
  • Obtaining Current Planning Final Approval & completing Public Improvements.
  • Establishing a Service District for Lighting (SDL).
  • Clean Water Services and DEQ 1200-C/CN Permit Updates
  • Electronic Building Plan Submission and Review Initiative.
Keep leaves out of bike lanes and sidewalks
This time of year, bicyclists are often forced to veer into traffic lanes to avoid piles of slippery, wet leaves. Many people are unaware that leaf piles in bike lanes or on sidewalks can be hazardous to bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. Leaf piles can hide hazards like potholes and rocks or block drains, causing flooding. Please be considerate of all road users and place leaves in recycling bins or take them to a leaf disposal event.
To request a road service, contact LUT's Operations and Mainntenance Division at 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or lutops@co.washington.or.us, or submit an online road service request. If the roadway is not maintained by the County, the request will be routed to the appropriate agency.
URMDAC recommends safety projects for Road Maintenance Program
Seven Safety Improvement Projects were recommended by the Urban Road Maintenance District Advisory Committee (URMDAC) on Oct. 21 for inclusion in the 2016-17 Road Maintenance Program.  They are: 
  • 90th Avenue from Locust Street to Borders Street - paved pathway along the east side. CPO 4M; District 3
  • Augusta Lane from Pheasant Lane to #17415 - sidewalk along the north side. CPO 6; District 1
  • Beef Bend Road from Colyer Way to Peachtree Drive - paved pathway along north side. CPO 4B; District 3
  • Butner Road adjacent to #585 SW 139th Avenue - sidewalk along north side. CPO 1; District 2
  • Farmington Road from 173rd Avenue to #5215 SW 170th Avenue - paved pathway along north side.  CPO 6; District 1
  • Rigert Road from 175th Avenue- paved pathway on south side. CPO 6; District 1
  • Saltzman Road from Hartford to #12962 NW Diamond Drive and from #3660 Saltzman to #12988 NW Creekview Drive - paved pathway on east side. CPO 1; District 2
URMDAC's recommendations included consideration of public comment submitted during a six-week public comment period. After review by County staff, the Road Maintenance Program will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for approval in June.
Open Houses - Week of Nov. 2 
Nov. 3: Fischer Road project open house
The public is invited to stop by the Best Western Plus Hotel, 16105 SW Pacific Highway, any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to learn more about plans to construct sidewalks and bike lanes.  No formal presentation is  planned.   Project Website
CPO 8 and 9; District 4
Nov. 5: ODOT's Pacific Avenue (OR 8) at Quince Street (OR 47) project open house
The public is invited to stop by the Forest Grove Auditorium, 1915 Main Street, any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to learn more about the project which includes construction of turn lanes, bike lanes, sidewalks, and a raised median. No formal presentation is planned.   ODOT's Project Website
CPO 12F; District 4

County ongoing roadwork projects:

Roadwork and road closures - be safe in work zones:

There are road maintenance and construction projects happening throughout the county. Be sure to check www.wc-roads.com for the most current roadwork information. All paving work is weather-dependent and schedules may be adjusted due to changes in the weather or for other unforeseen circumstances.

2015 County Road Work Map

Check out our map depicting all of this year's planned county road work projects, including major maintenance activities and minor safety improvement projects at www.wc-roads.com/uploadedfiles/2015-Construction-Map.pdf 


Spring Hill Road to close at Tualatin River Overflow Bridge

The Tualatin River Overflow Bridge, located on Spring Hill Road just south of OR 47, will be closed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays from Nov. 4-12. Daytime traffic will be detoured via OR 47 and Fern Hill Road.  Geotechnical engineers will be gathering data for the future replacement of the bridge.  Project Website

CPO 11; District 4

Visit www.wc-roads.com for the latest road information, including capital road construction, upcoming road maintenance work and weekend events that may impact traffic in Washington County.



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Neighborhood Meetings for Proposed Developments:
NOTE: This information is provided as a courtesy only. Developers are required to hold Neighborhood Meetings prior to submitting certain land use applications. A developer may also choose to hold such a meeting voluntarily if it is not required by county code. These meetings are intended to serve as a forum for the developer, affected CPOs, and property owners within the required notification buffer (500 feet in urban areas; 1,000 feet in rural areas) to discuss the proposal prior to the developer submitting an application to the county. County staff do not schedule these meetings and do not attend them. For more information, see the Mandatory Neighborhood Meeting & Mailings Requirements.  


Nov. 9 - Proposal to mine gravel from existing mine site

At 6:30 p.m. at Washington County Fire District No. 2. Midway Fire Station. The subject property, part of the Laurelwood mine site, is 18.05 acres in the AF-20 district (Agriculture & Forestry, 80-acre min. lot size) and is located at tax lot #2S3080001200. Contact Philip Wuest, Black Helterline, at 503-224-5560.

CPO 10; District 4

Nov. 11 - Proposed 150 multi-family home development

At 6:30 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church. The subject property is 4.5 acres on a 43.72-acre site in the R-6 district (Residential 5-6 units per acre), the R-15 district (Residential 12-15 units per acre),  and the R-24 district (Residential 19-24 units per acre). It is located at 16745 NW Brugger Road, tax lot #1N117B000400, 16547 NW Brugger Road, and 16415 NW Brugger Road. Contact Jerry Offer, Otak, at 503-415-2330 or jerry.offer@otak.com.

CPO 7; District 2

Nov. 11 - Proposed 125 town homes and 125-175 multi-family home development

At 7:30 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church. The subject property is 17.70 acres in the R-15 district (Residential 12-15 units per acre), and is located at tax lot #1N117BD00100.  Contact Jerry Offer, Otak, at 503-415-2330 or jerry.offer@otak.com.  

CPO 7; District 2

Check out these pages for more information on Land Development projects in Washington County:

Melissa De Lyser | Communications Coordinator
Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation
155 N First Avenue, Suite 350 MS 16 | Hillsboro, OR  97124
503-846-4963 direct | 971-713-9658 mobile | 503-846-3588 fax
melissa_de_lyser@co.washington.or.us | www.co.washington.or.us/lut