Clackamas County voters may see two similar measures regarding urban renewal on this fall’s ballot. County leaders have crafted their own measure in response to a citizen-led initiative.
The citizen initiative calls for all of Clackamas County to vote when the county commission expands how it uses urban renewal. The initiative reached the ballot after the county clerk researched the signatures supporters had gathered — a fact that has opponents calling for an investigation.
In the meantime, Clackamas County officials have come up with a different ballot measure on urban renewal. It could appear on the same ballot in November.
Chair of the county board, Charlotte Lehan says the referral would also allow votes on urban renewal districts. But only the people who live inside the districts would get to vote.
Lehan says county leaders want voters to have a clear choice, “One is for a countywide vote, and one is for a local vote.”
Clackamas County commissioners plan to vote September 8 on whether to refer an urban renewal measure. That’s the deadline to reach the November ballot.
Commissioners are holding a public hearing on the referral at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Public Services Building in Oregon City.
PROPOSED REFERRAL TO AMEND THE CLACKAMAS COUNTY CODE TO REQUIRE A LOCAL VOTE AS TO URBAN RENEWAL
Note: This proposed language for a referral measure on urban renewal is the result of the revisions requested by the Board of County Commissioners during its September 6, 2011 Study Session
Chapter 3.03 VOTER APPROVAL OF URBAN RENEWAL
3.03.010 Voter Approval of Urban Renewal
Every new urban renewal plan, and every substantial amendment to an existing plan, shall be approved by the voters within the plan area. If the voters residing within the boundaries of the proposed plan or the existing plan proposed for substantial amendment approve the question, the Board of County Commissioners shall adopt the urban renewal plan, or substantially amend the existing plan, by ordinance. “Urban renewal plan,” “plan,” and “substantial amendment” shall have the same meaning as their definitions in ORS Chapter 457.
In the case of conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any alternative provisions of the Clackamas County Code, the provisions having received the lesser number of votes in any referral of the measure to an election shall be void.
DATED this 8th day of September, 2011.
CLACKAMAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS