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Learn more about CRC at a fair or festival this summer

Published 5/1/2012 11:28:35 AM

CRC will have informational booths at various fairs and festivals throughout the summer to provide updates on recent developments, including information about the project’s schedule and next steps. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the project and hand out informational materials. In the coming weeks, project staff will be attending the following events:   

  • Portland Sunday Parkway: Northeast  – May 13, Portland, OR 
  • Kenton Street Fair – May 20, Portland, OR
  • Woodland Planters Days – June 16, Woodland, WA
  • Good in the Neighborhood – June 23, Portland, OR
  • Portland Sunday Parkways: North – June 24, Portland, OR
  • Vancouver Farmers Market – June 30, Vancouver, WA
  • 4th Plain International Festival – July 14, Vancouver, WA
  • Battle Ground Harvest Days – July 21, Battle Ground, WA
  • Ho’ike and Hawaiian Festival – July 28

Visit the calendar for a complete listing of summer events and community presentations where CRC will be present.


Oregon Supreme Court finding allows Columbia River Crossing project to move forward

Published 2/16/2012 4:08:44 PM

Ruling affirms land-use decision on the Columbia River Crossing project

VANCOUVER – The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld earlier findings by the Land Use Board of Appeals confirming the process for local authorization under state land use laws to build the Columbia River Crossing project.

In December 2011, four petitioners challenged a land-use decision by Metro which allowed the highway, local roadway, and light rail system improvements of the CRC project. The court’s opinion released Feb. 16, 2012, concluded that the petitioners challenging earlier decisions “failed to show that Metro either exceeded its statutory authority or made a decision …that was not supported by substantial evidence.”

The Land Use Final Order (LUFO) adopted by Metro in August 2011 provides a local authorization under state land-use laws to build the project. In October 2011, the Land Use Board of Appeals validated Metro’s decision on all but one of the dozen issues raised. The challengers then appealed the decision to the Oregon Supreme Court. The item that was sent back to Metro by the Land Use Board of Appeals is an urban growth boundary issue that will be resolved at the local level between Metro and TriMet.

The LUFO process, initiated in the 1990s by the Oregon Legislature, streamlines land-use review on light rail projects by consolidating land-use submittals to one agency and expediting the appeal process to the Oregon Supreme Court. Projects using the LUFO process are still required to seek and secure local permits. LUFO has been used on four other projects to date.

The LUFO process is an essential tool for large public projects, ensuring that work is completed within the permitting framework and providing tax payers with the highest and best use of public funds.

More information can be found online:

Earlier story: http://columbiarivercrossing.org/Newsroom/Article.aspx?ID=41

Supreme Court opinion: http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/sites/Publications/S059872.pdf


Columbia River Crossing Takes Major Step Forward

Published 12/7/2011 5:57:20 PM

Govs. Gregoire and Kitzhaber 
at an April 2011 press conference.

Govs. Gregoire and Kitzhaber at an April 2011 press conference.

Governors announce Record of Decision received from federal partners; Technical and public process validated and authorization granted to move forward with construction planning.

(Salem, OR) – Federal transportation agencies today gave formal approval for the Columbia River Crossing project plan which allows final design and construction planning to proceed. On December 7, 2011, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration signed a record of decision for the CRC. Signature on this document finalizes the environmental review process and formally identifies the federal agencies’ selected alternative for the CRC – a replacement Interstate 5 bridge with light rail. Read the governors’ full press release.

The US Department of Transportation also issued its own press release about the CRC record of decision. Read it here


CRC Weather Travel Safety Message:

Published 11/4/2011 10:54:58 AM

Autumn is upon us, and as a result, cooler temperatures and weather can affect driving conditions on Interstate 5 and across the Interstate 5 bridge. Conditions on the I-5 bridge can change quickly, especially in cold weather. Bridges freeze before roads because there is no land beneath the structure to provide warmth. There are several ways to stay safe on roadways and being prepared is the first step. Be familiar with your vehicle, practice safe driving techniques and always keep snacks and water in your car. Also slow down and be alert of other drivers. The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation have more information on road conditions and staying safe during winter travel.


Land Use Board of Appeals affirms local endorsement to build the CRC project in Oregon

Published 10/27/2011 4:17:54 PM

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals has validated Metro’s work on the land use approvals to build the Columbia River Crossing project in Oregon through an opinion released Oct. 26, 2011.

This summer, TriMet sought an amendment to the Land Use Final Order adopted by Metro for light rail development between Milwaukie and the Oregon-Washington state line. Metro adopted the amendment Aug. 11, 2011, to include the highway, local roadway and light rail system improvements of the CRC project. The LUFO provides the local authorization under state land use laws to build the project.

Under Oregon state law, the LUFO process applies within the urban growth boundary. The boundary stops at the Oregon shoreline of the Columbia River and does not include the Interstate Bridge. Projects outside the UGB must be written into Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan and the City of Portland’s Transportation System Plan. Both the RTP and TSP already include the CRC project, which provides local approval for construction. The CRC project meets this requirement.

Metro’s adoption of the LUFO amendment was challenged by four groups. LUBA’s opinion validated Metro’s work on all but one of the dozen issues raised. The one remaining issue relates to the Columbia River bridge, which is outside of the urban growth boundary.  Future conversations between TriMet and Metro will determine the path forward.

Links:

Final Opinion and Order by the Land Use Board of Appeals

Land Use Final Order amendment adopted by Metro Council



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