Jun
5

Joint Meeting on Coos Bay Estuary

When
June 5, 2019 - 6:00 PM
Where
Coos Bay Public Library
525 Anderson
Coos Bay, OR
Sponsors
Partnership for Coastal Watersheds
Cost
Free—public meeting

Coos Bay shoreline and estuary, with North Spit in the background.\Photo by Jody McCaffree.
Coos Bay shoreline and estuary, with North Spit in the background.\Photo by Jody McCaffree.

A special, joint city-county planning commission meeting, involving Coos County and the cities of Coos Bay and North Bend, will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 6 p.m., at the Coos Bay Public Library (525 Anderson).  The public is welcome.

The following information will seem technical and oriented toward policy wonks, but bear in mind that this is highly relevant to the proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal on the North Spit.  That project is likely to have major impacts on the estuary.  Oregon Shores’ comments on these potential impacts were a key reason that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality turned down Jordan Cove’s application for a water quality permit.  Maintaining a strong estuary plan for Coos Bay is important in the effort to block LNG development.

The purpose of the joint meeting is to inform local decision-makers on the current status of the Coos Bay Estuary Land Use Analysis Project and to provide an opportunity for decision-makers to discuss evaluation and draft Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan (CBEMP) policy options (implementing ordinance and code amendments) that include integrating the Lands and Waterway Data Source and Map Atlas into the CBEMP. For more information, visit: http://www.partnershipforcoastalwatersheds.org/. The Lands and Waterway Data Source will be used to update portions of the written text in the CBEMP. The Map Atlas is proposed to replace the current CBEMP maps to the extent there are replacement maps. The technical data found in Volume II Part II of the CBEMP will be replaced with any technical data that was used to support the Map Atlas. The generalized information including the background will be used to update Volume I Part I of the CBEMP.

Background: The Partnership for Coastal Watersheds (PCW) has gone through an extensive process to evaluate the needs of the local governments and the community for the Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan (CBEMP). This includes public meetings and an open house to share results from all of the data products resulting from this process. The process was patterned from the original CBEMP workgroup setup in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This effort has resulted in the development of the integrated assessment which was conducted with the assistance of the PCW steering committee, stakeholders representing economic, socio-cultural, and natural resource protection interests, and received feedback from the public via an open house. The assessment provides a working outline of the updates that are needed and the data that is available to complete this path. This phase of the process will result in the preparation of draft CBEMP policy options (implementing ordinance and code amendments) that will include integrating the Lands and Waterway Data Source and Map Atlas into the CBEMP.

Additional information concerning the meeting may be obtained by contacting Chelsea Schnabel, City Planner at (541) 756-8535 or Jenni Schmitt, PCW Point of Contact at (541) 888-8270 extension 312