Highlights of the May 23 Clatsop County Board of Commissioners meeting:

Ocean planning element adopted

The board adopted amendments adding a Goal 19-Ocean Resources element to the county’s comprehensive land-use plan. The amendments, which also updated related policies under state land-use goals 5, 8, 9, 13, 17 and 18, provides the county a framework for reviewing applications for development projects, including wave-energy installations, within the territorial sea three miles off the coast.

Wauna plan approved

The board held the first reading of Ordinance 12-05, establishing a financing plan for payment of a $2.5 million refund to the Georgia-Pacific corporation for its Wauna pulp and paper mill. The payment, required under the negotiated settlement of a tax appeal case filed by G-P, will be paid by all 60 taxing districts in Clatsop County, and will be covered by 10-year revenue bonds.

A public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for June 13.

Service contract approved

The board approved a contract with Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare to provide state-funded services to the developmentally disabled in Clatsop County. Clatsop Behavioral takes over the contract from Columbia Community Mental Health of St. Helens, which has provided the services from 2006 but which informed the county in March that it would end its contract this year.

The program provides vocational and residential services to approximately 180 individuals in Clatsop County.

Homeless plan endorsed

The board voted unanimously to endorse the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. The document, which identifies causes of homelessness, affected populations, housing needs and available resources and opportunities, is the product of the Clatsop Homeless Coalition, a partnership of multiple agencies and stakeholders formed in 2011 by Clatsop Community Action.

Rezone ordinance read

The board held the first reading of Ordinance 11-04, a consolidated zone change, partition and density transfer application from Michael Benesch, Warrenton Fiber Co. and Waldo Veelle. The application, covering 13 acres of property on Dolphin Road near Warrenton, was originally reviewed by the board in 2011, but was returned to the Planning Division after staff determined there were inadequate findings of fact.

A public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for June 13.


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