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Regional

Positions developed by the League of Women Voters of Columbia River Region
of which LWVCC was a member

Promotion of Orderly Metropolitan Government (1967, revised 1979, 1994, 2000) The League believes a sense of regional community is vital in dealing with regional issues and supports a regional government with power to enforce its decisions and with adequate and equitable financing. It supports coordination, cooperation and the delivery of services at a broader level (including bi-state) when needs justify it.

Solid Waste (1972, revised 1985, revised 1994) The League supports an environmentally sound solid waste management plan that provides maximum re-use and recycling. It encourages governments to recycle and industry to use biodegradable containers. Education about solid waste problems is a primary need.  Financing solid waste programs should be adequate economical, efficient, manageable and flexible and be provided by commercial interests, government and user fees. The State should have authority over planning, regulation, enforcement and siting of landfills.  Collection should be done by private industry.

Port of Portland (1975, revised 1994) When port expansion is proposed, the League supports citizen input and a balance of economic needs and environmental concerns. Any movement towards consolidation of lower Columbia ports should be initiated by the smaller ports. Port commissioners should be appointed by the governor.

Metropolitan Transportation (1977, 1987, revised 1994, 1998) The League supports a metropolitan mass transportation system which is regional, integrated into the community and helps to preserve the city core.  It should offer access to all and be designed for economy of land use. It should be competitive with private cars to reduce traffic congestion. The financing should be from a combination of national, state and regional sources, including using diverted gasoline tax funds and use of motor vehicle license fees. The fares should differential for different levels and types of services. The League supports a no-fare system within the city core; peripheral parking instead of additional core parking; smaller buses where feasible; continual public education; and using a variety of modes and the most economic and energy-efficient mode where possible.  Planning for routes is part of land use planning. Social and environmental costs such as economy of land use, fuel shortages and sight, sound and air pollution issues must be considered. Citizen participation includes information and insured input. Tri-Met directors should be appointed by the governor with consideration of regional recommendations and broad district representation. League supports a payroll tax within the district that is broadly based and shared between employer and employee. Tri-Met should continue to be a separate entity and should work with regional government for planning and resource utilization.

Metropolitan Government (1992, revised 1994, 2000) The League supports a regional government with a council elected from defined districts and an executive director. Its services and functions should include the zoo, solid waste management, convention center, the ER facilities, transportation planning, planning and development and information to local governments. It should be financed by fees, an excise tax on users, county dues, the Port and Tri-Met, federal and state funds and bonds. Metro should develop visibility and foster communication with the public and local governments.

Urban Growth Management (1992, revised 1994, 2000) The League supports the concept of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), including designation of urban reserves lands for future needs.  The UGB should be difficult to amend. Metro should work with local governments to ensure funding for planning urban reserves.  Requests to amend the UGB should be allowed from Metro, counties, cities and landowners. Notice of proposed amendments is important. Public hearings should be held at all stages of the amendment process, with 30 days' notice sent. The League supports the concept of Regional Urban Growth Goals and Objectives (RUGGOs) and supports the development and maintenance of functional wildlife and recreation corridors to create metropolitan greenspace. It supports development of well-planned economic communities which can include a mix of housing, employment, social services, industry and amenities. Existing urban land should undergo continuous redevelopment and infill where appropriate.

Regional Planning and Government (1996) The League believes the following issues are of regional concern: growth management, natural systems management, regional infrastructure, human services and amenities, and public safety. It believes that efficiency, political feasibility and economy should be determining factors in cooperative efforts among local governments and that Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) are one method of resolving issues. It supports user fees and hotel-motel taxes as sources of funding regional attractors for arts, sports and recreation.