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County hearing on Hoodland Park District set for Jan. 6 posted on 01/01/2022

Clackamas County Commissioners will take comments regarding the proposed Hoodland Park District at the Thursday, Jan. 6 business meeting.

The meeting will be both in-person and virtual and will begin at 10 a.m.

The proposed district, which will be decided on by voters in the May election, would encompass approximately 20,000 acres, including the communities of Sleepy Hollow, Brightwood, Wemme, Welches, Zigzag, Rhododendron, Government Camp and Wapinitia, and feature a board of directors that will be elected on the same ballot.

Regina Lythgoe, one of the district’s organizers, hopes that the board can feature members from throughout the district, if formed.

“It would be nice to have representation from all of our communities,” she said.

If formed, the district would receive three parcels of land on Salmon River Road from Clackamas County and would develop the Dorman Center site as a community park.

Possible amenities could include a pavilion, playground, walking trails, extended community garden, bike pump track, skate park, dog park, space for farmers market, restrooms and onsite security.

The district would be funded by a local property tax, proposed to be at approximately 67 cents per $1,000 of assessed value (resulting in approximately $200 per year on a house with an assessed value of $300,000).

Some community members in the Government Camp area expressed reservations about the district, with a survey by the Government Camp Community Planning Organization revealing 84 percent of respondents opposing its formation.

A report suggested that the district exclude the communities of Government Camp, Summit Meadows and Wapinitia.

Kimberly Dinwiddie, Clackamas County Public Information Officer and Policy Liaison, told The Mountain Times that the commissioners could modify the petition that succeeded in obtaining enough signatures to put the district on the May ballot.

Lythgoe noted that the district’s current boundaries are based on the boundaries for the Welches Schools and that the district’s improvements would help everyone.

“It benefits both sides,” she said. “It’s considered the Mountain.”

Lythgoe added that the district’s organizers are expected to meet with a campaign coordinator in January to map out a timeline to help in the run up to the election.

If the district fails to form, the parcels of land on Salmon River Road will be sold by Clackamas County.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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