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Answer to Supreme Court Case Implications to Planning Effort

April 8, 2014

There has been a lot of questions surrounding the March 10, 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case involving a rail corridor formerly on federal land that is now privately owned (Marvin B. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v United States) and its potential impact on the Salmonberry Corridor Master Planning process.

In our review of the case it appears that this ruling will not have an impact on our planning process. The determination is made due to the fact that the Salmonberry Corridor is intended to be part of an active or rail banked rail right-of-way. It appears that these types of rail-trails are not impacted by the above mentioned Supreme Court ruling. I have attached a pdf from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy that illustrates the Supreme Court ruling.

Rail Trail – Supreme Court Decision matrix

Postponed – Salmonberry Coaltion Meeting – April 11, 2014

April 2, 2014

The April 11, 2014 Salmonberry Coalition meeting in Banks, OR is being postponed. We need more time to consider what we heard at the last round of public meetings, and to solicit more feedback from stakeholders. The coalition will meet again in June — I’ll send you the date and time when we get it scheduled, but it will be well before the June 24-25 public meetings.

Thanks for understanding.

Salmonberry Coalition Meeting – April 11, 2014 in Banks (Postponed)

April 1, 2014

This meeting has been postponed.  Please disregard the following text:

The Salmonberry Coalition is meeting in Banks, Oregon on April 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Banks Fire Hall, 300 Main Street, Banks, OR. This is a scheduled quarterly meeting and is a public meeting. The Salmonberry Coalition’s agenda includes an update on the master planning process, an update on grant applications and reviewing a list of potential partner’s projects that could serve as catalyst projects.

The Salmonberry Coalition is a steering committee involving public and private partners and anchored in Tillamook County by the Port of Tillamook Bay, local government and elected leaders to make recommendations on re-linking the communities along the rail corridor – from Banks to Tillamook – by converting the no-longer functional portions of rail line to a trail and adding a trail adjacent to the viable sections of rail. This unique 86-mile recreational opportunity, steeped in history, natural beauty and adventure, can connect urban and rural Oregon – the Portland area to the Coast – while tapping into a wide network of existing recreation trail and facilities, educational opportunities and heritage sites.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Coalition, please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750, rocky.houston@state.or.us.

Salmonberry Corridor Atlas and Construction Concepts

March 13, 2014

At the February 2014 public meetings, the planning team presented some draft Salmonberry Corridor Atlas pages and draft Construction Concepts that are being considered.  The team stated that we would have these ready for review on the blog and have attached them below.

Salmonberry Corridor Atlas – March 2014

Salmonberry – Draft Trail Construction Options

These documents will be revised over the next few months based off of additional information that we gather through additional site visits and stakeholder interviews.  The next public meeting will focused on these two documents and the alternatives identified.

Please review these and provide any feedback to the planning team.

 

New Section – Master Plan Materials

March 13, 2014

A new section has been added to the Salmonberry Corridor blog.  We now have added a section entitled ” Master Plan Materials.”  This section will be where you can find documents associated with the public meetings and master planning documents.

 

 

Salmonberry Corridor Master Plan – Public Meetings Scheduled

January 15, 2014

The OPRD design team has been conducting Resource Assessments and Regional Recreation Assessments for the Salmonberry Corridor to better understand the opportunities and constraints in the development of the corridor. At our second set of public meetings we will present these finding to the public. The community members and park staff will then work together to identify the most important values, strategies, and actions needed to guide the master planning and design efforts in the corridor.

West End – Tillamook                                                               

Date:         February 18, 2014

Time:         5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – General Public

Location:   Port of Tillamook Bay, Officers Mess Hall Meeting Room, 4000 Blimp Blvd, Tillamook

East End – Banks

Date:    February 19, 2014

Time:    5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – General Public

Location:   Banks Fire Hall, 300 Main St, Banks

300 Main Street

What is the master plan?

The master plan is a long-term plan to guide future resource management and recreational uses along the corridor. In the planning for the corridor, the planning team is taking a comprehensive look at natural, scenic and cultural resource conditions; corridor management needs; outdoor recreation trends in the region; community partnerships; and any related ideas and concerns identified through public input.

Can’t make the first public meeting?

Here are six great ways to stay involved and contribute to the plan:
1. Visit salmonberrycorridor.wordpress.com.
2. Subscribe to the Salmonberry Corridor blog for email updates.
3. Email your questions or comments to rocky.houston@state.or.us.
4. Talk to a Park Planner on the phone at 503-986-0750.
5. Send written comments to: Rocky Houston, OPRD, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.
6. Meet with us in person at any of our public meetings held throughout the planning process (see below). A newsletter with details regarding dates and times will be sent prior to each meeting.

Public Meetings Schedule:

Meeting I: Kick off -Welcome and Public Comment                          September 2013

Meeting II: Assessments                                                                               February 2014

Meeting III: Concept Alternatives                                                              July 2014

Meeting IV: Draft Master Plan Review                                                     September 2014

Services, programs and activities of OPRD are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If accommodations are needed, please call 503-986-0750 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Corridor Master Plan, please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750, rocky.houston@state.or.us.

 

Salmonberry Coalition Meeting Scheduled January 17, 2014

January 15, 2014

The Salmonberry Coalition a meeting in Wheeler, Oregon on January 17, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Wheeler City Hall, 775 Nehalem Blvd., Wheeler.  This is a scheduled quarterly meeting and is a public meeting.  The Salmonberry Coalition’s agenda includes an update on the master planning process, an update on grant applications and an update from partners.

The Salmonberry Coalition is a steering committee involving public and private partners and anchored in Tillamook County by the Port of Tillamook Bay, local government and elected leaders to make recommendations on re-linking the communities along the rail corridor – from Banks to Tillamook – by converting the no-longer functional portions of rail line to a trail and adding a trail adjacent to the viable sections of rail.  This unique 86-mile recreational opportunity, steeped in history, natural beauty and adventure, can connect urban and rural Oregon – the Portland area to the Coast – while tapping into a wide network of existing recreation trail and facilities, educational opportunities and heritage sites.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Coalition, please contact Rocky Houston, Park Trails Specialist, at (503) 986-0750, rocky.houston@state.or.us.

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