Documents Available for Public Comment
The joint City-County Planning Commissions Public Hearing on the proposed amendments will be held on May 7, 7:00 pm in Florence. See the Comprehensive Plan and Code Amendments page of this web site for the revised proposals.
Public Outreach on Draft 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
_____, 2013 Joint City-County Elected Officials Public Hearing in Florence (to be set)
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 2012. Over 50 people participated. At the Open House, present-ations 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.
Stakeholders hold third and fourth year of meetings. The Stakeholder Groups met from 2010-2013. In February and March 2013 they met to review proposals 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.
Learn about the Surface and Ground Water Testing Program, Aquifer Protection Plan, and Stormwater Design Manual. See the Water Quality and Quantity page and Comprehensive Plan and Code Amendments page of this web site for details.
Siuslaw Water Trail Brochure is now available. The Water Trail provides over 30 river miles of paddling opportunities in the Siuslaw Estuary along the North Fork and mainstem Siuslaw between Mapleton and Florence, Oregon. Paddle from the head of tide through the beautiful estuarine islands, coastal forests, sand dunes, and historic waterway with thousands of years of history. For information on the Water Trail and to download the brochure, visit the web site: http://www.siuslaw.org/water-trail/
Learn how Climate Change may affect Florence area. See the Overview page of this web site for details and the Climate Change Report.
Comment on Florence Wetland and Riparian Area Inventory. See the Wetlands and Riparian Areas page and Comprehensive Plan and Code Amendments Page of this web site for details.
Learn about Key Estuary Wetlands. See the Wetlands and Riparian Areas page of this web site for details.
Be part of the Solution
Public Education and Stewardship in the lower Siuslaw watershed is 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.
Documents and Downloads
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 is 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 consists 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.
Documents and Downloads
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.
Documents and Downloads
Carol Heinkel ; 1-541-345-8660