CPO 8 Meeting: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 13

Release date: 04/07/2017
Sponsored by: County Administrative Office

Join CPO 8 in a panel discussion on the preservation of farmland versus land owners' property rights.

Meeting will be held at the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Station 17, 31370 NW Commercial St., North Plains  |  MAP 


Meeting Agenda

7 pm / Welcome and Introductions

Public Safety Update
Sheriff's Office and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (if available)

CPO 8 News
Agenda Review | Public Comments | Land Use Applications | Future Topics

The balance, that is, between preservation of farmland and the values that it represents, and the property rights of land owners impacted by nearby land use changes. This meeting enrolls advocates on both sides of these competing uses to discuss impacts on the character of Washington County rural areas, the future of Washington County development, the transparency of the land use public process--and you.

The Panel
Invited are two prominent local farmers, a representative of the Northwest Alliance, a representative of Save Helvetia--and of course, you. Please come with your questions! This broad-based panel discussion can address numerous sides of the issue.

Following are some examples of the core questions:

  • What is a sound approach to land use conversion challenges so that long term residents can find reasonable accommodation without recourse to expensive litigation?
  • What is the role of legislation in such challenges? Why is this not a judicial procedure to be settled in the courts?
  • If such challenges result in continual legislative intervention at the behest of private individuals, what is the future of the land use system's long term planning agreements? Then too, what of the regulations Oregon voted for itself?
  • How might such challenges impact me - my quality of life, the value of my home, my opportunities for employment?

Concluding Remarks and Closure



Henry Oberhelman
CPO 8 Chair

Dan Schauer
Community Engagement Program Coordinator