Parks and Natural Resources

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Most Recent Version of Draft Vision Statement, Goals, Policies, and Actions

Draft Vision Statement

River Road and Santa Clara celebrate a rich diversity of private and shared green spaces, including parks for recreation, natural areas that support native plants and wildlife, and farmland for food production. All residents have a clean, safe, accessible and well maintained park or recreation facility close to their home. Residents have access to the Willamette River, which is celebrated as a natural asset, a defining characteristic of both neighborhoods, and a statewide resource to be protected for future generations. Natural assets, such as the tree canopy, soils and the watershed, are highly valued and cared for as natural infrastructure that enhances ecosystem health, provides opportunities for recreation, and supports the working landscape.

Draft Goals

Goal 7: Provide natural areas which are healthy, thriving spaces that provide habitat for native species and function as natural infrastructure. 

Goal 8: Provide neighborhood access to recreational opportunities, parks, and community centers.

Goal 9: Make the Willamette River a vital, healthy and accessible part of the neighborhoods.

Goal 10: Preserve agricultural land and open spaces within and around our neighborhood boundaries.

Draft Policies and Actions

Review the most recent draft policies and actions for the Parks and Natural Resources Goals below.

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  1. Goal 7
  2. Goal 8
  3. Goal 9
  4. Goal 10
  5. Working Group Materials

Goal 7

Provide natural areas which are healthy, thriving spaces that provide habitat for native species and function as natural infrastructure.


Stormwater Conveyances: Enhance natural stormwater conveyances, including lesser waterways not protected by Goal 5 or WQ  regulations, to reduce pollution, increase infiltration, protect against flooding and improve habitat through local land use regulations, incentives and programs. 


Determine extent of surface waterway drainage system necessary for stormwater functions, considering future impacts of climate change.  


Identify, protect and enhance waterways that are not currently protected: 

a. Public Easements - Identify location of easements and which easements are protected by Goal 5 or Goal 6 (WQ).

b. Pursue County  adoption of  Goal 5 and Goal 6 (WQ) protections for parcels inside neighborhood boundaries. 


Enhance natural infrastructure of publicly owned stormwater waterways through selective revegetation with native plants.


Create a program of tax incentives for private landowners of recognized stormwater conveyances who create long-term natural infrastructure improvements. 


Create a program to provide native plants free of charge to private landowners for waterway revegetation of stormwater conveyances.


Education: Educate the public about the interconnectedness of function and safety in our natural stormwater system. 


Collaborate with the city for technical assistance in teaching appropriate vegetative management of waterways through information sharing, demonstrations, and volunteer opportunities on proximate waterways.


Encourage and enable planting more trees through education of the value of mature tree canopy for multiple benefits of air quality, water quality, habitat, water temperature control, stormwater uptake and ambient temperature control.


Teach value of “function stacking” in relation to waterways.


Identify lots incorporating waterways and work with the City to create informational material that automatically gets sent to the new property owner when the lot changes ownership  notifying about existing waterway on the property and providing information about use restrictions, setbacks, and best practices. Materials tailored to individual or developer. "waterways welcome wagon." 


Habitat Corridors: Create new and enhance existing habitat corridors throughout River Road and Santa Clara.


Identify volunteers and funding to map existing habitat corridors, identify gaps in connectivity, and catalogue present day baseline of species diversity.  


Public Natural Areas: Provide natural areas, including the Willamette River Greenway, accessible to all residents (may include public land not designated as parks).


Identify natural areas on public lands and collaborate with public agencies to manage with ecological values in mind.  


Minimize light pollution in natural areas through better lighting fixtures and more sensitive placement. 


Find stable funding for maintenance without the use of pesticides or herbicides. 


Tree canopy: Promote, conserve, protect and improve our urban forest, while flexibly accommodating a diverse range of land ownerships, uses and activities.


Preserve and increase street tree plantings wherever possible.


Encourage planting of trees on private property through education and incentives, collaborate with Friends of Trees (ie providing trees or some of the cost for trees). 

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