Preview of Draft Planning Proposals
As a result of the thoughtful input you provided at our past planning meetings, the OPRD planning team is ready to present preliminary planning concepts for Oregon State Parks in the Columbia Gorge next Wednesday April 30th and Thursday May 1st. Given the complexity of the Columbia Gorge we are providing a preview of the proposals for your review. As you consider the proposed plans, there are three important points we would like you to keep in mind.
I. The goals for the third set of public meetings are to:
- Summarize the planning process to date.
- Articulate the preliminary planning proposals for state parks (see below).
- Listen to your comments and questions about the proposals.
- Ask for your input on the prioritization of the proposed improvements.
II. This draft set of preliminary planning proposals:
- Focuses on identifying improvements within state parks property relative to how state parks contribute to the existing recreation, cultural resources and natural resources in the National Scenic Area.
- Includes consideration of natural resource and scenic areas that should be protected within state parks property.
- Identifies improvements that can be made to the overall visitor experience in already established state park recreation sites.
- Proposes two significant areas for development at Wyeth and West Mayer and identifies five additional parks with major visitor experience improvement opportunities.
III. Later in the final draft plan document (presented at our next series of public meetings) you will see:
- Revised proposals based on public comments and advisory committee feedback.
- Values, goals and strategies articulating OPRD’S approach to park management in the Gorge for the next 15 years.
- Prioritization of improvement projects with budgets and phasing.
- A summary of the many regional planning ideas that have been suggested and discussed by the public, stakeholder groups, and our advisory committee. (Throughout the planning process OPRD has committed to acknowledge and share larger regional planning ideas with other agencies and stakeholders so as to assist in future region-wide planning efforts. We acknowledge that region-wide planning recommendations are generally beyond the scope of this state parks plan.)
Draft Planning Proposals
Well, what do you think?
Of the improvements proposed, what do you see as priorities?
If you could see only one of the proposed improvements implemented, which would it be?
Are there proposed improvements that you think should wait?
Is there anything you would like to see that hasn’t been captured in the proposals?
Share your thoughts in the comments below or join up for our meetings next week!