The City kicked off this project at a City Council meeting on Jan. 27, 2014. The project is being guided by an advisory committee comprised of various community members and a technical committee with staff from various agencies is also providing input and guidance. Check out Advisory Committee Chair and City Councilor Jody Carson's video below.
LMN Architects is serving as the lead consultant on the project with Studio Cascade (Public Involvement), Walker Macy (Open Spaces and Parks), ECONorthwest (Market and Economics), and Nelson-Nygaard (Transportation Planning) acting as subconsultants. Studio Cascade talks more about their role in the video below.
For Background, the City has worked on three recent planning efforts in the area: Imagine West Linn (2008), West Linn OR 43 Conceptual Design Plan (2008) and the 2011 Highway 43/Willamette Falls Drive Vision and General Feasibility Assessment (Highway 43 Vision).
Outreach for the project includes:
- A survey sent out in March which garnered 487 responses
- A three-day storefront studio and associated community workshops held in April with nearly 150 participants
- Walking tours in August with more than 40 participants
The Existing Conditions report was presented to the City Council on April 14, 2014. A progress report memo and presentation with draft recommendations and concepts was presented to the Council and Planning Commission in a joint meeting on July 7, 2014.
The project is funded through a $220,000 Metro Community Planning and Development grant, which is funded through the construction excise tax. The City is providing an $80,000 in-kind match.