Opportunities for public involvement are being provided through information sessions and public open houses.
The first information session was held February 28, 2011 at a joint meeting of the Newport and Lincoln County Planning Commissions. A second information session occurred June 27, 2011 at a Newport Planning Commission meeting. A third session is intended to be held with the Lincoln County Planning Commission but is not scheduled yet.
Three Open Houses are part of the project development process. Open House #1 was held at the Newport City Hall on May 5, 2011. Information describing the future transportation problem was presented. The public was asked to provide thoughts about the problem and to prioritize concerns.
Open House #2 was held at City Hall on July 27, 2011. Information about future transportation projects considered to be feasible projects were presented that would improve the local street system and the operation of US 101. A technique to coordinate land development and transportation projects using trip budgets also was presented at the conceptual level.
Open House #3 was held on May 24, 2012 at City Hall. The Open House provided an opportunity to review and comment on proposed changes to Newport’s Transportation Systems Plan, Comprehensive Plan, and Municipal Code, and changes to the Oregon Highway Plan.
After the May 24, 2012 Open House, the public hearings process will begin. Public hearings before the Newport Planning Commission and City Council will be held to consider adoption of amendments to Newport’s planning provisions. When Newport has adopted the amendments, the Oregon Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing to consider amendments to the Oregon Highway Plan. Adoption of the amendments by the Commission would result in alternate mobility standards for US-101 in the South Beach area.
The Newport Planning Commission received briefings on the proposed changes to the City's Transportation Plan and development ordinances on June 25, July 9 and July 23, 2012 during regularly scheduled meetings. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the matter at its August 27, 2012 meeting and recommended approval of the proposed changes to the Newport City Council. The City Council received a briefing on the proposed changes on September 17, 2012. The Council begins its hearing on the proposed changes on October 15, 2012.