RPS Spring 2011 Update
Public hearings before all the planning departments and city councils of the six participating cities and then the Jackson County Planning Commission have been going on since Spring 2010 and are just about coming to a close.
One final hearing on the Greater Bear Creek Regional Problem Solving plan (RPS) will be held next Thurs. Mar. 24th at 9am before the Jackson County Planning Commission. The hearing will be at the Courthouse Auditorium, 10 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford.
The current schedule calls for the Planning Commission to close the hearings on March 24 and begin deliberations in April. This is your last chance to comment on the RPS plan in person before the Planning Commission makes its final recommendations on the plan to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, who will ultimately approve or deny the plan.
(Written comments will be accepted until 4pm on April 5th and can be emailed to Josh LeBombard at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The county has revised the draft plan and it is now available and can be accessed here. (Scroll down to "Public Hearing Record" - the revised draft plan will begin on pg. 1729 of the record).
The good news:
Following lots of good public input, the county is listening and is responding to your requests to make this a better plan! The revised plan has many positive changes, including:
- Adding a requirement to include mixed-use development in future land use planning; and
- Increasing the density of future development, resulting in more efficient use of land
The bad news:
Despite these positive changes, the plan still has a ways to go:
- Although the revised plan increases its density, it is still below 7.0 dwelling units/gross acre, which is the level needed for viable public transportation;
- Despite having a surplus of land designated for future growth, ZERO high value farmland has been removed from future growth areas; and
- The plan has not yet adopted the Farmland Conservation Program, which a coalition of farmers, concerned citizens and others have proposed to permanently protect farmland in our region.
Please come out and voice your concerns that this plan still does not do enough to create the livable, sustainable region that it intends to create! If you have any questions, please contact Greg Holmes - email@example.com / (541)474-1155 or Sarah Vaile - firstname.lastname@example.org / (541) 261-7836.
Thank you for helping to shape the future of our region!