Cape Meares Community Planning
Over forty people participated in one or more of our four Community Planning Workshops held this summer. We want to thank the Tillamook Coast Visitors Association for facilitating the planning workshops. We have a great basis for making some significant improvements to our community. It’s now up to us to implement the plan.
Note: Emergency Preparedness was not included in this planning process as robust emergency preparedness planning is on-going under the leadership of Kathy Burke.
Here are some highlights of projects which have launched:
Claudia Cameron is leading this project which will be making recommendations regarding signage from the spit access road to the Bayocean beach parking lot with the goals of diverting traffic to the spit and Loop Road and informing and cautioning visitors regarding motorized vehicles access, restrictions on beach fires, fireworks and camping, and access for emergency equipment, etc. We are pleased that the county has already approved a 3-way stop at the intersection of the Loop Road and Bayocean Road.
Cape Meares Lake-Wetlands Management Project
John Harland is leading this project with a goal of assuring a well-functioning Cape Meares Lake with a flourishing eco-system from the wetlands to the lake by working with interested stakeholders in a collaborative process.
Visitor Impact at Bayocean Beach Entrance
Spike Klobas and Karen Cosper are leading this project. Parking: next summer research parking impact after Loop Rd opens, refer to Signage Team for signage emphasizing why restrictions are necessary, and explore alternatives to current emergency access with the county. Trash: confirm Tu/Fri pickup and wildlife safe containers. Sanitation: maintain Porta Potties seasonally.
Short Term Rentals
Pam Robenolt is leading this project to monitor enforcement of STR rules, communicate with STR owners and managers and advocate for enforcement and accountability to support responsible use of rental properties. This project includes preparing a flyer with information about what is allowed on the beach and why and who to contact if violations, and about emergency preparedness, etc. which can be posted in STRs and on our website.
Wheelchair Access at Pacific Entrance to Beach
Wendy Kunkel is leading this project to assure that the bench is accessible to people who use wheelchairs. We are pleased to report that the county has placed gravel to make access possible. A more permanent solution is possible.
Summaries of the workshops are here: CM Planning Workshop Summaries