Pedestrian safety has been a hot topic of discussion in Astoria off and on for years. It's one of those debates that seems to coincide with increasing tourist traffic and the return of shorter days heading toward fall. Astoria is not alone in the ongoing battle. Other communities use a number of different techniques hoping to increase driver awareness of walkers.
Public concerns over unintended consequences turned the tide Tuesday sending the county planning department back to the drawing board over a proposed Tsunami Overlay Zone. The far reaching plan would contain several new requirements including a new set of rules for construction permitting in areas determined to be at high risk for major flooding from wave run up if a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and the sure to come accompanying tsunami wave were to run up as far as state scientists believe it might.
The 16th street combined sewer overflow project is stopped in mid-stream as it was discovered the project that tears up city streets to lay new sewer and water pipes will directly conflict with Clatsop community college plans to tear down patriot hall in preparation for new construction approved by voters. There will be some additional cost involved that the college has offered to pick up to delay further street work until next summer. In other action this week:
Drivers and bicyclists who use State Route 4 west of Cathlamet should plan for an eight-week detour this summer.
Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will temporarily close both directions of SR 4 between Risk Road and Elochoman Valley Road from Monday, Aug. 17 to Oct. 2.
Race the Wave, a 5K and 10K tsunami preparedness fun run and walk, is returning to Cannon Beach Sept. 13. The run begins along the beach, follows a scenic evacuation route through the city, and ends out of the tsunami inundation zone. A post-race free preparedness fair will feature grilled hot dogs, games and giveaways, a photo booth and more. Registration includes a race t-shirt, timing, swag bag, and shuttle service between the race start, end and preparedness fair. Register before August 13 for $5 off: bit.ly/racethewave Knowing – and practicing – tsunami evacuation routes is a simple and important preparedness action, said Tiffany Brown, Clatsop County Emergency Manager.
Seaside's new medical marijuana growing and production ordinance is up for adoption at Monday night's meeting. Before the commission votes on fnal adoption there will be a last opportunity for the public to comment on the new rules that establishes a city licencing procedure for those businesses that may legally grow and produce marijuana for a certified dispensary.
Clatsop County’s new proposed Tsunami Hazard Overlay is complete and is scheduled for review at two public hearings.
The county Planning Commission will conduct a hearing Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. The Board of Commissioners will open a hearing Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. Both hearings will be held at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria.