I hope y'all had a great holiday weekend. In this edition of the Chevron near Bethany Lake chronicles you can read nearly 60 pages of public comment, help us get to 250 signatures on our land use law update, and learn about the Washington County Climate Action Plan meeting and how it is all related to this.
As directed by the Hearing Officer Staff has left the comment period open for 7 days of new evidence, 7 days of rebuttal, and 7 days of closing arguments. The new evidence period ended Friday Nov. 25th and all of those comments have been published.
The majority of the comments are evidence brought forward by the community of people who feel the Chevron near Bethany Lake should not be built. The evidence is varied including comments on the applications lack of compliance with various codes, rebuttals to traffic analysis by the applicant, and issues with zoned parcel dimensions.
However, if you want to make a rebuttal to applicant and Staff claims these are a few pages to read:
Read and make a rebuttal below.
Our shared journey resisting the Chevron near Bethany Lake makes it clear we need to get Washington County to update the laws around gas station placement. Please join the over 230 other County residents who have signed our petition to introduce a 1,500 setback for gas stations from sensitive locations like wetlands, parks, schools, etc.
As we have been advocating for new laws in Washington County to require gas station siting restrictions one theme has popped up from Staff and Commissioners alike: maybe this should be part of our Climate Action Plan (CAP). Unfortunately, the CAP is a nascent and unfunded thing currently.
However, if you would like an update on the County's climate plan, the Staff working on it will be presenting tomorrow Tuesday November 29th around 4:10pm.
Note: There will not be time for public testimony at this meeting. But, it can be provided at the 6:30pm evening Board meeting later that day. Or you can email Commissioners at any time via firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. A few folks have asked for a super simple map of the site with context of its major features. And Virginia Bruce of Cedar Mill News made this helpful illustration.