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Mayor Acknowledges Concerns of Tigard First

July 31 press release from Tigard First concerning Mayor's Corner newsletter
Tigard First
Making sure YOU have a say in the decisions that affect our community


PRESS RELEASE: July 31, 2006
We've got their attention! Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen addressed the possibility of Wal-Mart coming to Tigard in the August City Newsletter. While the Mayor is correct in stating that an application will be approved or denied based on the merits of the land use application, we are confident that sufficient concerns exist to deny a SuperCenter in the Tigard Triangle. Until the existing traffic problems are solved, the local roads cannot handle another big-box store in the area.
Tigard First is committed to helping residents stay involved in the growth of our City, and to encourage development that enhances our community. Revitalization of downtown is key to Tigard's livability and protecting that vision is a main goal of our group. Additionally, there is evidence that Wal-Mart contributes to crime, repeatedly violate environmental regulations, and damage local business. City officials should be concerned about locating a Wal-Mart just 1/4 mile from the heart of Tigard. There is also a significant wetland located on the site, one of the rapidly vanishing natural areas left in the City.
In order to support Tigard's downtown and protect the livability of our community, Tigard First suggests the following:
1. Let's build a beautiful downtown: A moratorium on development within mile of the urban renewal boundary until design standards, which are currently being developed, are approved.
2. We don't need another big-box: Rezoning the Tigard Triangle for mixed use development will keeping traffic, crime and impact to local business under control.

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Traffic will continue to increase 07.Aug.2006 16:35


As long as growth continues, traffic will continue to increase. The only way to stop traffic increases is to stop growth. But no one has the courage to do this, because it involves massive education about not making way too many babies and about identifying alternatives to an economy that is dependent on growth.