City of Damascus, Oregon to Host Transportation Planning Town Hall

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The City of Damascus, Oregon will host a Town Hall meeting to discuss future transportation needs on February 2nd, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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This Town Hall is about hearing ideas and concerns from our citizens about needed transportation improvements as the community develops.

Residents of the city of Damascus are invited to a Town Hall at Sunnyside Community Church on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to share concerns and ideas on future transportation improvements and the City’s Transportation Plan as the city continues development of the Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will be hosted by the Damascus Committee for Citizen Involvement and will address the transportation needs of residents, businesses, and travelers over the next 20 years.

Steve Gaschler, Public Works Director, says, “This Town Hall is about hearing ideas and concerns from our citizens about needed transportation improvements as the community develops. The Transportation Committee, Planning Commission, and Staff will take that input and use it to formulate draft elements of the Transportation System Plan. Those ideas will be presented to the Community at a second transportation Town Hall to be held on March 16th.”

The meeting will be the eighth in a series of regular Town Hall meetings as the city moves forward in the Comprehensive Plan development process.

The purpose of comprehensive plans is to coordinate the harmonious development of cities to meet present and future needs, making wise use of resources in order to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens. The City encourages all of the citizens of Damascus to come have their questions concerning the transportation elements of the proposed Comprehensive Plan answered and have their voices heard in this vital step in moving the Comprehensive Plan forward.

The Town Hall meeting will be:
Saturday, February 2, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunnyside Community Church, 16444 SE Hwy 212, Damascus

Future Town Halls (All are tentatively scheduled for 1:00 to 3:00. Locations will be determined):
February 23 – Land Use, Housing, Economic Development, Parks and Zoning Map
March 16 – Transportation System Plan (part 2)
April 6 – Development Code and Zoning Map
April 27 – Comprehensive Plan and Development Code

Public Hearings on the draft Comprehensive Plan, Development Code, Public Facility Plan, and Transportation System Plan will be held in May and June. It is anticipated the draft plans will be on the November 2013 election ballot for citizen approval.

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