April Town Hall Meeting Recap

The Hamlet had two guest speakers this month, starting with Katie Wilson from Clackamas County. She reminded people that the County is seeking input on the Courthouse Replacement Project at https://bit.ly/2GU5BEJ, and the second meeting of the new youth outreach team will be held on May 4 at Oregon City High School. Text or call Katie to RSVP at 971-347-5723 or email her at kwilson2@clackamas.us. Katie also announced that the new Clackamas County website is now live at https://www.clackamas.us/.

During the town hall, residents supported the idea of absorbing the non-active Carus Community Planning Organization (CPO) into the Hamlet of Beavercreek CPO. A survey will be mailed to the existing Carus CPO for input. Residents then expressed concern about Dollar General’s desire to rezone a Rural Residential property to Rural Commercial in order to build a store on Beavercreek Road next to the gas station. (See last month’s issue for more information.) The board received dozens of comments in opposition, which were shared directly with the developer. Because Dollar General has not officially applied to rezone, that’s the extent of what the board can do right now; however, if Dollar General does apply, the board will share residents’ feedback with the County.

Kris LaMar, a Master Gardener and Master Recycler, gave a presentation about composting and soil. She explained that humans cannot see the billions of nematodes, fungus, and bacteria in the soil because “we’re too big and don’t live long enough.” Kris reminded people of the Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale on May 4th and 5th at the Canby Fairgrounds (see Local Events section for details).

Eagle Scouts and other volunteers help clean up the Beavercreek Memorial Cemetery. Read the story in this month’s issue.

Land Use Applications

  • Z0145-19, Marvin & Glenda Schmutzler, 17290 S Henrici Road, Oregon City, zoned RRFF5, 3.91 acres, requesting the renewal of a temporary dwelling for care permit to continue care to Evelyn Schmutzler. Residents voted 17 in favor, none opposed, and one abstained. The board voted unanimously in favor.

Land Use Activities

  • Z0072-19, Lori Pottratz, 21410 S Levi Road, Beavercreek, zoned FF10, 22.68 acres, requesting the renewal of a home occupation permit for dump truck business. Approved subject to conditions.
  • Beavercreek Road Concept Plan. The second community meeting was held April 9. See recap in this issue.
  • Z0398-18-C, Conditional Use, applicant Troy Snyder with Mountain Meadow Solar, property owner Dennis Pikkarainen, address 7275 S Killdeer Road, zoned Timber, 32.17 acres, Hearings Officer Hearing on October 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m. Clackamas County Development Services Building Auditorium, requesting photovoltaic solar power generation facility (passive solar panels) on 10 acres. Approved subject to conditions. Appealed to Land Use Board of Appeals. Bill Merchant provided insight into the LUBA appeal process based on a member’s question of “what’s next?” Tammy Stevens provided a summary of the new legislation for solar panels on resource lands and will email the notice to the members on Killdeer Road.
  • Z0076-19, applicant Brad Farmer, location – all areas of Clackamas County zoned rural commercial and rural industrial in unincorporated areas. Requesting an interpretation by the Planning Director to answer 7 specific questions related to uses allowed in the RC & RI zoning districts. Letter sent from Hamlet.
  • Z0077-19, Hayden Buley, 15202 S Thayer Road, Oregon City, zoned RRFF5, 1.4 acres, requesting a stream conservation area permit to install replacement septic system for home. Approved subject to conditions.
A young volunteer cleans a head stone at the Beavercreek Memorial Cemetery.

Ken Humberston, County Commissioner with Clackamas County, provided an update on the Vehicle Registration Fee describing some of the reasons and itemized uses for the fee. A Citizens Advisory Committee is being assembled and they are asking for volunteers (see details in the Community Grants, Awards & Opportunities section). Tammy Stevens made motion for the Hamlet to write a letter in support of Bill Merchant to be on the Committee. Mark Hillyard seconded the motion and the members voted majority in favor. Ken also explained the reasons to entice a cross-laminated timber company to come to the county.

Board chair Tammy Stevens provided updates on various new business agenda items including announcing the Community Impact Award awarded to the Beavercreek Saloon and that the Little Free Library is nearing completion.

Download the May issue.

The Hamlet of Beavercreek is a volunteer-run community group that exists to protect and preserve the rural culture of the area. Monthly meetings are the best place to share feedback and learn how to get involved. Join us at 7:00 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month (except for December) at the Beavercreek Grange.

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