2020-21 Long Range Planning Annual Work Program
The Washington County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2020-21 Long Range Planning Annual Work Program at its regular meeting on April 7.
The work program identifies Long Range Planning staff's annual tasks including ordinances, projects and other transportation and community planning activities. Priorities include:
- Continued support of affordable housing development, including implementation of House Bill 2001
- Implementation of Significant Natural Resources Program Review and Assessment findings
- Regulations to allow visitor-oriented activities on farm breweries/cideries as permitted by state law
- Development of a program to regulate short-term rentals
- Continue implementation of Cooper Mountain Area Transportation study recommendations
- Planning and implementation of the Countywide Transit Study to increase transit use and meet potential demand identified in the Transportation Futures Study, including findings from the First and Last Mile transit connections study
- Review of County road design and construction standards to more appropriately reflect the land use contexts within the county through the Complete Streets Design Update
- Transportation planning for urban reserves and the Cooper Mountain area to evaluate the cumulative impact of future development on the countywide transportation system
- 2020-01: Short-term Rentals: Issues and Considerations
Staff contact: Suzanne Savin: Principal Planner, 503-846-3963
Washington County has received numerous comments from community members on the topic of short-term rentals (STRs) in urban unincorporated areas. Most comments were from community members living near active STRs in single-family urban unincorporated neighborhoods. Community member concerns about STRs include potential or observed increases in noise, on-street parking, litter, traffic and other impacts on community character and many of the comments included requests that the County adopt regulations to protect citizens from perceived negative impacts of STRs.
Staff presented the issue paper and public comments to the Board of Commissioners during the March 10 Work Session and was directed to draft regulations addressing STRs. Learn more