Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, April 30th, 7-9PM
    WC CAN Board meeting
    PCC Willow Creek, Room 224
    241 Southwest Edgeway Drive, Beaverton Map

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Local and county-wide initiatives:

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Welcome to WC CAN

Washington County Citizen Action Network (WC CAN) is a coalition of grassroots advocates (individuals and groups) dedicated to improving quality of life in Washington County by promoting healthy and sustainable communities, social and economic justice, and open and responsive government.

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Current highlights

WC CAN is engaging some of the most urgent issues facing Washington County communities.  Our board formed committees to bring forward critical issues, share information, and coordinate actions.  Weíll send alerts, announcements, and provide reference materials via the Google Group, this website, and our Facebook page.

  • DEQ permitting for Intelís air-polluting emissions: Partnering with Neighors for Clean Air (NCA), we circulated a petition for stricter regulation following Intelís admission of failure to file or report on fluoride emissions for over 30 years.  We submitted our petition to the Governor and Legislature, and our Legislative Committee (see below) is following up.  We are represented in negotiations between NCA/Northwest Environmental Defense Council and Intel toward a binding Good Neighbor Agreement to be included in a Title V permit to eventually be granted once legal technicalities and an agreement are ironed out.  Dale Feik chairs our Air Quality committee, and John Williams and Linda Peters are advising the NCA/NEDC legal team in negotiations with Intel.
  • Airport activities: We are supporting Oregon Aviation Watchís appeal of Washington County Ordinance 772, which would create a new type of land use district and apply it to the land around Sunset Air Park near North Plains.  Click through for details.  (Oregon Aviation Watch is one of our participant groups.)
  • We are supporting Tualatin citizens protesting DEQ permit for expansion of Grimmís Fuel Composting Facility.
  • Washington County Transportation System Plan Update (TSPU): Faun Hosey chairs our Land Use and Transportation committee, and serves on the TSPUís Community Advisory Committee.  A multi-year planning effort to guide transportation planning until 2035, with comment on draft plans open online until Feb. 21.  Some or all of the draft maps, etc. could be adopted during this yearís Ordinance season (March-October).
  • Washington County Transportation Study (WCTS): This study is funded by $1.5 million allocated to Washington County in the last legislative session via a last-minute budget bill.  Hillsboro originally asked to study a new Westside Corridor freeway route, but the study is now intended to look at transportation needs up to 50 years out.  Comments on Draft Framework for study process are due January 28.
  • Steep slope construction and related issues coming before the Washington County Board this ordinance season.  Brian Wegener of Tualatin Riverkeepers chairs our Environment and Natural Resources Committee.  We will have more information soon about wildlife corridors, steep slope erosion, natural areas, and water quality/quantity planning.
  • Oregon Legislative Action: Russ Dondero, Pacific University Professor Emeritus and WC CAN Senior Policy Analyst heads the Legislative committee, and serves on a regional committee led by participant group Tax Fairness Oregon, who are preparing legislation for the 2014 and 2015 sessions.  Priorities: promote tax fairness, affordable housing, citizens rights in land use decisions, and improved environmental regulation.

Immediate concerns for the February 2014 session

  • Defeat HB 4078 – an effort to override existing law to legislatively “validate” the Reserves and 2011 UGB expansions, which are still awaiting rulings from the Court of Appeals.  This bill is probably unconstitutional and would be a blow to citizens' rights to appeal bad decisions.
  • Study and respond to Rep. Ungerís proposed bill to alter Strategic Investment Program tax breaks, Urban Renewal bond programs, and Gain Share payments to benefit school districts.
  • Resist efforts to fast-track costly industrial sprawl or cut off citizens' rights to take part in planning or to appeal bad decisions.