PROJECT PLANNING

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Valley Segment Master Planning Project
Detailed planning for the valley segment of the future Salmonberry Trail—located between Banks and Reehers Camp Campground in the Tillamook State Forest—is now underway, thanks to a significant grant from the Washington County Visitors Association.

The scope of planning includes the following:

  • Analysis of bypass alternatives described in the Concept Plan;
  • Pre-engineering assessment of eleven bridges and trestles;
  • Detailed assessment of repair needs for Walcott Tunnel;
  • Assessment and recommendations for trailhead development at Banks, Manning, the Timber area, and Reehers Camp;
  • Development of trail solutions and design recommendations for the entire 20 mile rail corridor from the city of Banks to Reehers Camp in the Tillamook State Forest;
  • Recommendations for accommodating equestrian use;
  • Development of detailed cost estimates including permitting, design and engineering and construction cost for trail and bridge modifications.
  • Multiple workshops to listen to concerns and ideas from landowners.

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail Project Manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.

Valley Segment Advisory Committee to be formed in early 2018
A Valley Segment Advisory Committee will be established in late fall 2017 to engage with the planning process in early 2018. Mike Cafferata, Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District Forester, Carolyn McCormick, President Washington County Visitors Association and Dyami Valentine, Washington County Senior Planner will be the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) conveners for the advisory committee. Committee members will be selected by the conveners to represent a mix of local leaders, landowners, hiking/biking/equestrian advocates, visitor associations and others. This broad constituency of stakeholders will discuss and advise the conveners about local issues and concerns as the planning process moves forward.

Coastal Segment Planning Advisory Committee Formation - Tillamook County Commissioner Bill Baertlein and Port of Tillamook Bay Commissioner Jack Mulder are in the process of convening the first segment level advisory committee.  The committee will serve as a forum for sharing ideas and concerns during the coastal segment planning project.  Members include representatives from local cities, businesses, landowners, tourism organizations, trail user groups and other communities of interest.

Coastal Segment Master Planning Project - With support from a grant from the Tillamook County Transient Lodging Tax Facilities program ($100,000), this project is scheduled to begin in June of 2016 and continue through most of the calendar year.  Several locations along this segment abut or pass through estuary areas, and have zoning restrictions which could severely limit trail development within the existing corridor.  This supplemental planning will consist of more detailed planning in selected areas, identification of trail location options, and associated costs for different option.  For more information on this project contact OPRD Project Manager Dennis Wiley.

Railbanking - Oregon Solutions is leading a process involving members of the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency to implement the necessary steps to complete the “Discontinuance of Service” process and receive a Notice of Interim Trail Use from the Surface Transportation Board.  This is a key step to enable additional work on trail development to move forward.

Brownfields Assessment Project - Tillamook County received an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Grant for the Salmonberry Trail project. The grant establishes funding for assessment of properties considered brownfields, which are vacant or underutilized property where actual or perceived environmental contamination complicates its expansion or redevelopment. The grant monies are being used to complete a brownfields inventory and site ranking along the rail corridor in Tillamook County. The goal of the assessment process is to identify sites that pose the most benefit to the community or trail project through cleanup and/or redevelopment.  This project started in the fall of 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

Local Code Adoption Project - The Salmonberry Trail local code adoption project was funded by a grant from the Oregon Transporation and Growth Management (TGM) Program. TGM is a joint effort of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation Development (DLCD). The Port of Tillamook Bay (POTB) is managing the code project on behalf of these two agencies. ODOT contracted with DKS and Parametrix to conduct this effort.

A preliminary set of evaluations of suggested local plan amendments have been completed and have been reviewed with the cities of Wheeler, Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi, Bay City, and Tillamook and Tillamook County. Now is the time for the public to weigh in. Six public meetings have been scheduled throughout the communities this January. Join project staff and community leaders to find out what is being considered. In addition to reviewing the suggested local plan amendments, you can share your ideas for the Trail’s future planning and development, and learn more about the Concept Plan.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS