Engagement and Coordination

The study was conducted with opportunities throughout for participation including three online open houses at key milestones.

Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT) led the study under the direction of the Board of County Commissioners (Board). The Board appointed a Study Advisory Committee.

The Washington County Coordinating Committee (WCCC), made up of elected officials from the county and all cities in Washington County plus representatives from the Oregon Department of Transportation, Port of Portland, TriMet and Metro, reviewed the study at milestones and recommended future steps to the Board. Staff from cities and agencies (Planning Directors and WCCC Transportation Advisory Committee) provided input to the study and reviewed work products.

A Study Advisory Committee comprised of community members with a depth of knowledge and interests in diverse areas including business, major urban industry, agricultural and forestry, freight and goods movement, transit and active transportation, equity and health, development industry, economic development, energy, community livability, and natural environment advised the County at key milestones and served as a forum to explore how the study's approach, transportation investment packages and analysis met needs and reflect community values. Members of the Study Advisory Committee were selected through an open nomination process.

A number of Ad-Hoc Groups were convened to advise on specific technical, social, regional or environmental issues. For example, one such group focused on how the transportation investment alternatives may affect health and equity issues in the county.

A public engagement process provided opportunities to help verify community values; provide input into opportunities and challenges facing the county; inform and review transportation investment packages; and discuss the tradeoffs between investment packages. Community input was solicited throughout the study with online opportunities, facilitated community discussions, opinion polls, and other techniques. Special efforts were made to reach out to communities of color, low income, disabled and other underrepresented groups.

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