Last night we had a very lively debate over the proposed changes to the PC/Woods Community Plan. We wanted to take a vote on whether the CAC membership supports or does not support the draft of the PC/W Community Plan as currently presented, but many people had not read the plan through yet and there were many proposed changes that were discussed and clarified at our meeting last night. A vote was not able to be taken at the meeting and members voted to hold a special emergency CAC meeting in a couple weeks to hold a vote on whether CAC membership supports or opposes the proposed changes to the PC/Woods Community Plan.
Emergency CAC Meeting
Saturday, February 3 at 10:30am at Pacific Coast Bible Church, 35220 Brooten Rd, PC.
Single Agenda item: Vote on the current (1/3/18) draft of the PC/Woods Community Plan.
Please review the current draft of the PC/Woods Community Plan, which can be found online at the address below. There are also three physical copies in the PC Library for public use.
Also, all citizens are welcome to submit written comment and opinion about the PC/Woods Community Plan draft. Send your comment/opinion to the community development department so your comment can be an official part of what the Planning Commission reviews on February 15. Email Sarah Absher or Barrett Chaix with your comments by February 6, 2018. firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
The January CAC General Membership meeting is coming up on Monday, January 15 at 6:30pm at the Kiawanda Community Center. We have two guest speakers scheduled, Bill Hatton from Tillamook County Veterans’ Services and Lisa Phipps, Director of the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership.
Meeting about the PC Airport: Monday, 1/8 at 5pm at the Kiawanda Community Center.
Pacific City – Oregon Parks and Recreation, Department of Aviation, Department of Transportation and officials with Tillamook County will join Sen. Roblan for a brief preview of the 2018 Legislative Session and a panel discussion on the issues of interest that impact the region. The meeting will be facilitated by Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, Jan. 8th, 2018, at the Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, in Pacific City.
CAC Meeting, Monday, January 15 at 6:30pm at the Kiawanda Community Center.
SOUTH COUNTY LISTENING SESSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Location: Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City, OR 97135
The Tillamook County Board of Commissioners will be holding a listening session for south county residents on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at the Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City. The public is encouraged to attend and visit with the Board of Commissioners about south county affairs.
A Notice of Public Hearing has been completed for Appeal 851-17-000273-PLNG-01. This appeal is for the decision to approve with conditions Foredune Grading permit (851-17-000273-PLNG) to grade existing Foredune within Units D and E of the Pacific City Foredune management Area. The Public Hearing is scheduled for January 25, 2018.
You may view the full notice at the link below. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Sarah Absher (Ext. 3317), firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon Department of Aviation to sell our valuable public airport?
On Jan. 8, we can help chart a wiser course.
After multiple closed-door, executive sessions, the Oregon Department of Aviation Board voted in October to sell a critical public asset—Pacific City’s state airport. Made without proper input from key stakeholders, this decision strains the public trust and stirs a sense of déjà vu.
Stake holder outreach was similarly deficient five years ago when the ODA considered closing the airport. After community members and municipal officials intervened, ODA Director Mitch Swecker issued a promise that public input would play a vital role in future airport management decisions.
That wasn’t the case with October’s pivotal ODA decision. Those left out of the conversation include: emergency and government officials, business operators, air commuters and other pilots who frequent the airport, and nearby homeowners.
As a local property owner and Oregon Pilots Association member, I was pleased to learn that state and local leaders have stepped up to host a town hall event about the proposed airport sale. Sponsored by Sen. Arnie Roblan, Rep. David Gomberg and the Tillamook County Commissioners, the public meeting is set for 5-7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive.
This town hall offers an opportunity for ODA to better deliver on its promise—to offer stakeholders a voice and allow us to collaborate on solutions. We also deserve an explanation of how and why the ODA’s decision was made and the potential impacts of selling such a valuable public asset.
Indeed, along with our dory boats and recreational offerings, our airport contributes to an active economy. Within five minutes of landing, fly-in visitors can be found patronizing shops and restaurants. Our airport also provides access to valuable 24/7 emergency services; and, in addition to serving Life Flight, it offers a training area for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Back in 1951-52, 10 area families so strongly believed that a public airport would benefit our community, they each sold their lands for a mere $1 expressly to create that airport. In fact, a deed reversionary clause requires that land ownership revert to those families if the property is no longer used for that express purpose. How would these original benefactors feel, knowing their land could be sold to a private investor?
Citizen engagement is central to our Oregon values and expectations. Decision-makers need meaningful input to make good decisions. Please consider participating in the Jan. 8 town hall to help ODA plot a wiser course for our public airport.
Our December CAC meeting is Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:30am at the Pacific Coast Bible Church (the one connected to the Post Office).