As the Salem River Crossing team gears up for the Land Use approvals and proposed expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary in West Salem, they way they are managing public information is at the very least a little sneaky and underhanded. There's nothing like a commitment to sharing, full disclosure, and public-minded debate.
Fortunately, over at N3B critics have pried some information out of the team.
One of the reports is the Land Use Final Technical Report Addendum. In draft or final form it has not been published to the SRC website.
It's a real blizzard of information, and in order for the public to be able to engage it at the level of fact and interpretation of fact, it should be more widely shared with reasonable lead-time for non-specialists to be able to consider and digest it. It should be shared with reasonable lead-time for City Councilors and other Elected to consider and digest it. If the process is structured so that even City Councilors don't have enough time to read all of it, then the process is probably structured wrongly.
More generally even if, in withholding the memo, the SRC team has still been fulfilling the minimum of legal requirements for disclosure prior to a Public Hearing, as a statement of public-minded interest, it is a sham and a sign of disrespect. It is totally reflective of commitments to a pre-determined conclusion and to "public participation theatre."
Since there's so much to consider in it, we'll start with something small and, in the big scheme of things, a relatively minor detail: Bikes and mobility by means other than drive-alone trips. But we need a point of entry. I suspect there will be more to say in additional posts, and a logical second item is to look at its assessment of Alternative 2A, the concept to widen the existing bridges.
Section 4.3.4 on Bikes
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