The first public forum to envision the future of the PacifiCorp Youngs Bay Landing site in Astoria will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Astoria Yacht Club, 1555 W. Marine Drive.

PacifiCorp owns the five-acre Youngs Bay Landing site, which has been used for a variety of utility functions including gasification, steam generation and storage since the 1920s. It currently includes outdoor equipment storage, an electrical substation, foundation pieces from two fomer buildings and areas of soil capping from environmental mitigation.

The Tuesday workshop will be the first in a series of public outreach efforts in formulating a master plan for the site. As part of the planning process, public outreach is intended to capture and articulate what residents of Astoria envision for this key waterfront site.

"By listening to all stakeholders, the city will be able to develop a master plan for Youngs Bay Landing that meets community vision as well as the city's economic development goals," Community Development Director Todd Scott said.

The planning project is being conducted in three phases:

Phase One: Information-gathering through stakeholder interviews, site tours and the community visioning process.

Phase Two: An intensive three-day design effort, or "charrette," that includes public review each day to develop alternatives and identify a preferred alternative for the site.

Phase Three: Development of the preferred alternative and review at a public town hall meeting.

Phase Four: Refinement and approval of the final master plan by the Astoria City Council.

For additional information about the project or the workshop, call Scott at 338-5183.

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