Final Trail Vision Report Approved by City Council
The Florence City Council unanimously approved the Siuslaw Estuary Trail Vision on April 15, 2013. The final Vision report and Appendices are posted below. Funding has been sought for the Trail, including applications for Oregon State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Oregon State Parks Recreational Trails Grant Program.
The Florence City Council unanimously adopted the Comprehensive Plan and Code amendments on Sept 3, 2013; the Lane County Board co-adopted the Comrpehensive Plan amendments on Sept 10, 2013. The joint City-County Elected Officials public hearing on the amendments was held on August 6, 2013. Click on this link for the adopted amendments and plans: http://www.ci.florence.or.us/council/city-florence-and-lane-county-elected-officials-public-hearing
The joint City-County Planning Commissions Public Hearing on the proposed amendments was held on May 7, 7:00 pm in Florence and they unanimously recommended adoption of the amendments, as modified.
Public Outreach on Draft and Proposed Products completed:
Thurs Feb 21, noon, Florence Chamber of Commerce, Three Rivers Casino
Mon Feb 25, 3:30 pm, Golf Course owners/managers
Mon Feb 25, 5:30 pm, Drinking Water Protection Area Owners & Businesses, Florence City Hall
Wed Feb 27, 5:30 pm, Wetlands and Riparian Property Owners, Florence Events Center
Thurs Feb 28, 5:00 pm, Community Stakeholders, Florence City Hall
Thurs March 14, 6:30 pm, Elected Officials Stakeholders, Florence City Hall
Monday, April 15, 6:00 pm, Joint City Planning Commission-Council Work Session and Council initiation
Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 pm, Joint City-County Planning Commission Public Hearing in Florence
August 6, 2013 5:30 pm Joint City-County Elected Officials Public Hearing in Florence
August 20, 2013 Lane County Board third reading.
Sept 3, 2013, Florence City Council adoted Ordinance No. 2, Series 2013.
Sept 10, 2013, Lane County Board co-adopted the Comp Plan amendments via Ord. No PA 1299
Siuslaw Estuary Partnership Public Open House, Monday, April 30, 2012, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
The Partnership held its third and final Open House for the public to review and comment on all products slated to be adopted or completed in 2013. Over 50 people participated. At the Open House, presentations provided an in-depth review, and opportunities to question and comment, on the resources, potential threats, and proposed measures to protect the aquifer, surface waters, drinking water, and significant wetlands and riparian areas.
See below for reports on Open House Nos. 1 and 2 and the three study-area wide Newsletters.
Stakeholders hold third and fourth year of meetings. The Stakeholder Groups met from 2010-2013. In February and March 2013 they met to review and recommend proposals as revised to respond to public outreach. In 2012, they met in January, February, March, April, and July to comment and provide guidance on: wetland and riparian significance determination and protection measures and Draft Plan; potential management strategies for aquifer protection and the Draft Aquifer Protection Plan; the Siuslaw Estuary Trail Vision; and the Water Monitoring Program. In addition, the Stakeholders heard a presentation by the Watershed Council staff on Key Estuary Wetlands. See below for agenda packets and meeting notes.
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Be part of the Solution
Public Education and Stewardship in the lower Siuslaw watershed was one of the key objectives of the Siuslaw Estuary Partnership Project. In January, 2010, the Florence Planning Commission approved a Public Involvement Plan (PIP), attached, that sets out the strategy for community involvement in the project.
The first Open House was held on May 19, 2010 and more than 50 community members and stakeholders participated. The purpose of the first Open House was to aquaint community members with the project and water quality and fish and wildlife issues. The second Open House was held on April 25, 2011 in order to provide information about and get public input on several key products; over 100 people attended. The third Open House was held on April 30, 2012; over 50 people attended and heard presentations on the key products. At all three events, participants conversed with Interdisciplinary Team members from local, state, and/or federal agencies. The feedback on the events has been positive: people were engaged and excited about the potential for protecting and improving water quality and protecting and restoring fish and wildlife habitat.
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Community Stakeholders: L-R: Bill Hennig, Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program; Mark Tilton, Florence Planning Commission; Gus Gates, Surfrider; Lisa Walter-Sedlacek, Florence Area Chamber of Commerce; Rob Shepherd, Florence Board of Realtors; Nancy Nichols, Lane County Planning Commission; Jean White, Volkswalkers; Anne Caples, Oregon Shores Coalition; Adele Dawson, Lane County Audubon Society; Clarence Lysdale, kayakers and scuba divers. Not pictured: Tiffany Rogato, Florence Area Hospitality Association; Sue Noble, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition (altenate); David Huntington, Recreational Fishing; Melisa Buckwald, Surfrider Foudation (alternate)
Elected Official Stake-holders: L-R: Port of
The involvement of Stakeholder Groups was a key element of the Public Involvement Plan. Two Stakeholder Lists were approved by the Florence City Council on December 21, 2009: a Community Stakeholder Group and an Elected Officials Stakeholder Group. The mission and membership of each Group is described in the attached document: Stakeholder Mission and Lists.
The Community Stakeholder Group consisted of representatives of key interests that will be affected by, or potentially affected by, the outcomes of the project. This Group provides a critical link between the Project objectives, outcomes, and products and the respective community organizations and groups.
The Elected Officials Stakeholder Group is comprised of a representative of the Watershed Council and elected bodies that will have a role in accepting, endorsing, and/or adopting some or all of the final products. These Stakeholders are involved in the project more intensively than their respective elected bodies in terms of outreach, education, and stewardship. In this way, they will be positioned to facilitate acceptance of the final products by their respective agencies or organizations. This Group uses a consensus process, attached. Their first Consent Item was the attached Table of Products and Stakeholder Roles, which they agreed to unanimously.
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Public Education and Stewardship Opportunities
Education and Stewardship Links
Oregon Master Naturalist Program: http://master-naturalist.osuosl.org/
Siuslaw Watershed Council: http://www.siuslaw.org/
Oregon Environmental Council Love Your River Program: http://www.oeconline.org/our-work/rivers/love-your-river
There are many ways you can learn about and be involved in programs to protect and restore water resources and the natural environment in general. To find out more, please click on the links and open the documents, below.
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Carol Heinkel ; 1-541-345-8660