Over at N3B they've got a note about a proposed maneuver at the Budget Committee on Marine Drive.
The West Salem Neighborhood Association wants to build a different, more northerly segment of Marine Drive and for the City to reduce its width to be a local street instead of a collector or expressway.
|Proposal to build a different part of Marine Drive|
Amend the City of Salem budget to remove $3,542,920 of funding from the Project No. 711503 to construct Marine Drive from Glen Creek Road to Cameo Street and redirect the funding to Project No. 61463 to purchase right-of-way and begin construction of Marine Drive from 5th Avenue to Harritt Drive.In favor of it, they say:
developments along Marine Drive, such as the CASA of Oregon affordable housing project near Harritt Drive and Marine Drive will be more likely to move forward and fund a portion of the costs to construct Marine Drive. This will assist with local access and circulation to reduce traffic on Wallace Road and lead to fewer U-turns on Wallace Road that will improve safety.And against the current plan they say
The Marine Drive segment from 5th Avenue to Harritt offers West Salem residents access to commercial areas of West Salem without adding to Wallace Road congestion. The bicycle pedestrian boulevard elements of the plan create a safe route for commuting over the Union Street Railroad Bridge. Higher density residential developments adjacent to the route may justify more frequent bus service and increase transit ridership. Development of the Marine Drive segment for local access and circulation (instead of regional traffic movement) creates access to Greenway areas rather than a barrier. [italics added]
the budgeted project [...] negatively impacts Pioneer Village residents, Wallace Marine Park users, and the riparian areas of the creek and slough that run along the west side of the Park.
|But don't build this segment|
The segment from Glen Creek to Cameo was selected because it was wholly inside the Urban Growth Boundary.
Parts of the northern segment were outside of the UGB, and in order to be able to build that segment, that alignment also needed to be inside the UGB. One of the elements in the package of the land use matters from last year was an expansion of the UGB to accommodate the whole of the northern segment. That matter is currently being contested at LUBA.
If the City enlarged the UGB improperly as critics argue, and LUBA remands or rejects the City's expansion, then the segment of Marine Drive WSNA wants to build would not be eligible for funding as a bond project as I understand it.
So the WSNA proposal seems to require the appeal at LUBA to fail and for the UGB expansion to be affirmed. It's not clear that this aligns with other priorities WSNA has articulated with regard to the Salem River Crossing.
This is difficult to understand. Perhaps this misunderstands things, or there are other factors in play. (If you understand the details better, please chime in!)
The West Salem Neighborhood Association meets on Monday the 17th and while Marine Drive is not on the agenda, the related matter of the proposed footbridge at Edgewater and Wallace is on the agenda. Here's more on why the project still doesn't seem very useful.
They'll also be talking about lead abatement at the former battery business on Patterson, and about homelessness.
The West Salem Neighborhood Association meets Monday the 17th at 7:00 P.M. in Roth’s West, Mezzanine (1130 Wallace Rd NW).