On Wednesday Feb 23rd 2022 I sent our letter to Washington County’s Land Use Department requesting that gas station setbacks from sensitive areas be introduced to protect our economic, health, and environmental interests. Thank you to the 130 people who signed the letter and the organizations that support the effort including Tualatin Riverkeepers, Washington County Treekeepers, and 350PDX Washington County.
As a reminder this is what we are requesting specifically:
Our request: We want Washington County land use codes updated to require that gas stations, currently operating gas stations excluded, be a minimum of 1,500 feet from any public park or playground, school, hospital, church, theater, dwelling unit, public library or building for public assembly; or any wetland, stream, river, flood plain, or environmentally sensitive area. We also want to see this applied to all zones across the County without an option for variance to ensure equitable and objective application of this requirement.