Molalla “planning” = SHAME, WASTE, and URBAN DECAY

Scene from downtown Molalla, aka MUDVILLE.

Free Will Astrology (my BEST horoscope ever!):

“Dear Mr. Astrologer:

Like the god Prometheus, I stole fire from the gods and gave it to people who sometimes make awful use of it. As punishment, the gods chained me to a rock on the beach, and arranged for an eagle to come daily to eat my liver. Luckily, the liver grows back every night. unluckily, the eagle always returns to devour it again. I’m used to it by now; it doesn’t hurt as much as it once did. But I’m still eager to get out of my predicament. Any suggestions?

Aries in Limbo”

“Dear Aries,

Your rescue is scheduled for no later than your birthday, possibly before. In the meantime, the best thing you can do to prepare for your release is to feel gratitude for all you’ve learned during your ordeal.”

Whew! That was one of the best and most accurate horoscopes I’ve ever read! My birthday is coming and the BEST GIFT will be the day Molalla’s fake plannin’ dude Potter gets the big boot out of County as his phony urban reserves bite the dust!

Every version of crazy Molalla plans, every nasty plannin’ hearing, every wasteful grant, every insult to diverse public involvement – the years and years and years of abject FAILURE – they are all like a cut to the liver. But every connection with growing public outrage helps with the “regrowth” and the march to victory!

That horoscope  came on the heels of  a prophetic dream where I choked up and spit out three nails that were stuck in my throat: the middle school bond ‘nail’, the Idiot Ridge MX Park ‘nail’ and the urban reserve ‘nail’. So it’s two down and one to go!

This horoscope is also right on because I highly value the great knowledge acquired in the struggles, the expert connections I have made and the wonderful local people I have met on the right side of all these struggles.

Once connected, the power flows to the people. Each time a new ‘nail’ appears here in the future, there will be greater numbers of informed Molalla area citizens to stop the nonsense before it steals our money and our quality of life. Speaking of quality of life, here’s some ‘housing’ in downtown Molalla:

Yesterday 1000 Friends of Oregon submitted its objections to Molalla’s “let’s cater to the greedy land speculator good old boys” insane urban reserve. (posted below). Even without the legal objections, all it takes is a quick look around town at the low development to land value sites to know there is opportunity galore for infill (if anyone is feeling crazy enough to make THAT kind of risky investment in a backwater, boxcanyon brokesville like Molalla!).

Gee! The objections are EXACTLY the same OBJECTIONS that County and State have been telling Molalla since I started to follow the subject in 2007!

Don’t you wonder if  the Money Wasting Monster called City of Molalla has a head with a BRAIN in it? I’m starting to believe there is zero brain matter connected to a giant churning City of Molalla stomach constantly eating money – and leaving us with piles of garbage! I can guarantee, given the years of ignored advice from State and County, that there is no collective ability to accept reality among Molalla’s (choke) ‘leadership’.

Does anyone understand how stupid Molalla looks when it sends piles of Potter’s plannin’ garbage out into public view, into the world of professional planners?

Don’t despair, it will all be over soon, when County sends Potter packin’ with nothing to show for his waste of public monies. Remember, the plannin’ DEFICIT is $400,000+ AND COUNTING! Have you entered my How high will the planning DEFICIT get?sweepstakes yet? Shall we ask Oregon for a  a new lottery game called ‘When will Molalla have leaders smart enough to pull the plug’?

Did you know the Molalla City Council recently could have made the intelligent choice to contract planning to County for a mere $75/hour? That tiny $75/hour  includes SMART, TALENTED PROFESSIONALS in urban planning, legal, and transportation planning rolled into one neat and tidy fee.

Those County professionals do it RIGHT the first time! They know what is LEGALLY DEFENSIBLE. They wouldn’t be staring into Potter’s murky toilet of failure after 8 versions of crap and hundreds of thousands of wasted public monies. They would have PROTECTED the city from that kind of humiliation.

Aside from the multiple letters, spanning years, from DLCD and County that tell Molalla it doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on for the ‘crazy’ urban reserve proposal, never forget that just last month, in public, in person, the Chair Peterson of the County Board of Commissioners told pathetic ‘mayor’ Mike Clarke “NO” when he said the city “needed” the BCC to approve the reserves. Here, from 1000 Friends, is EXACTLY THE REASON IT WILL BE A GREAT BIG “NO”:

A county cannot know what the proper forecast for one city should be without coordinating with all of its cities and allocating the overall county forecasted population between those cities. This coordination is needed is so that the same future residents are not being counted twice by different jurisdictions. ORS 195.036 means what it plainly says: a county must produce a forecast for its entire jurisdiction, not just one city.”

That’s EXACTLY the message clueless Clarke got in public from Peterson – and the same message that has been delivered over and over and over and over and over again! Let’s but a great big cork in it once and for all. Take a look around you, Clarke – you are responsible for the crumbling mess of ill-planned, cheap development that occurred without proper balancing SDC funds. Enjoy your failure, because you certainly earned it by catering to greedy speculators and embracing nepotism.

Welcome to “mayor’ Clarke’s urban decay Ghost Town Molalla:

A Backwaterville that sports scenes like this all over the core downtown thinks it can justify 2,300 acres of new prime farm/forest land to ruin? Ha ha ha ha ha………..Wait, I think someone might have escaped from the downtown gulag (I thought the po-lice chief and TEAM’s ‘merchants’ banned wire cutters to keep the “customers” from escaping!):

I hear the escapee from urban decayville  Molalla got a kayak and is now frantically paddling to Canby….. (who needs a bus when we’ve got huge Main Street ditches?):

And now, thank god, the voice of reality:

1000 FRIENDS OF OREGON

534 SW Third Avenue, Suite 300 • Portland, OR 97204 • (503) 497-1000 •
Celebrating Thirty-five Years of Innovation
March 14, 2011

Clackamas County Planning Commission
Clackamas County
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Re: Molalla Urban Reserve Area Proposal ZDO-228

Dear Commissioners:

Please place these comments in the record of the proposed Molalla urban reserve area (URA) proposal. 1000 Friends of Oregon is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to working with Oregonians to enhance our quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural and scenic areas.

While we support efforts to plan for Molalla’s future, two fundamental problems prevent
designation of a URA at this time: a) the lack of a coordinated countywide forecast covering the proposed URA planning period and b) an overly long URA planning period.

LACK OF COORDINATED COUNTY FORECAST

The proposed 2,290-acre URA is based on a stand-alone forecast for Molalla that has not been adopted into the county’s comprehensive plan. This forecast cannot be adopted into the county’s plan, or used by the city, unless and until the county first adopts a coordinated forecast consistent with ORS 195.025 and 195.036. These statutes require Clackamas County to adopt a population forecast for the portion of the county located outside the Metro boundary.

ORS 195.036 contains an implicit requirement that a city-adopted forecast must be consistent with this overall county adopted coordinated forecast: “The coordinating body under ORS 195.025 (1) shall establish and maintain a population forecast for the entire area within its boundary for use in maintaining and updating comprehensive plans, and shall coordinate the forecast with the local governments within its boundary.” (emphasis added)

In other words, in order for a forecast to be used for any comprehensive plan update, including a URA designation, it must be consistent with a county’s coordinated forecast that includes a forecast for each urban area. This requirement is the genesis of OAR 660-024-0030(1), which is based on this statute, and which requires that “counties must adopt and maintain a coordinated 20-year population forecast for the county and for each urban area within the county consistent with statutory requirements for such forecasts under ORS 195.025 and 195.036.”
(emphasis added)

While Division 24 is not directly applicable to URAs, OAR 660-024-0030(1) merely reiterates what ORS 195.036 has always said: forecasts for individual cities cannot be done on a stand alone basis; they must be part of a larger forecast effort performed by the county “for the entire area within its boundary.” A county cannot know what the proper forecast for one city should be without coordinating with all of its cities and allocating the overall county forecasted population between those cities. This coordination is needed is so that the same future residents are not being counted twice by different jurisdictions. ORS 195.036 means what it plainly says: a county must produce a forecast for its entire jurisdiction, not just one city.

In addition, the time period for urban reserves builds upon an underlying coordinated UGB
forecast. OAR 660-021- 0030 (1) states: “Urban reserves shall include an amount of land
estimated to be at least a 10-year supply and no more than a 30-year supply of developable land beyond the 20-year time frame used to establish the urban growth boundary.” URAs demand the same level of compliance with ORS 195.036 as do UGB amendments.

If the county wishes to proceed with Molalla’s proposed URA designation, then it must first
adopt a coordinated forecast consistent with ORS 195.025 and 195.036. The forecast must
include the entire URA planning period, since there are no provisions for extending a forecast having a shorter planning period. Such provisions do exist for UGB expansions. It is unsurprising that no such provisions have been created for URAs, since they are voluntary on the part of both cities and counties.

OVERLY LONG URA PLANNING PERIOD

The second problem, which has been pointed out repeatedly in letters written by county and DLCD staff, is that the proposed URA’s planning period exceeds that allowed by OAR 660-021-0030 (1). The rule states: “Urban reserves shall include an amount of land estimated to be at least a 10-year supply and no more than a 30-year supply of developable land beyond the 20-year time frame used to establish the urban growth boundary.”

Since Molalla’s most recently adopted UGB expansion covered the 1981 to 2001 time period, under OAR 660-021-0030 (1) the maximum time period that may be covered by a URA is 30 years beyond the 1981-2001 time period. Therefore, unless and until an updated UGB is established, Molalla is limited to a URA expansion extending no further out than 2031. This is almost 30 years less than the time period currently proposed.

Sincerely,
Mia Nelson
1000 Friends of Oregon
220 East 11th, Suite 5
Eugene, OR 97401
cc: DLCD
Department of Agriculture

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