The Stafford Hamlet is an advisory board to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. In the matter of the Stafford remand, the Hamlet has been completely transparent, informative, forthright and as inclusive as possible, reaching out to all stakeholders as we have completed tasks to help not only the Hamlet, but also the County determine how best to proceed with planning for our area.

Taking our purposes to heart, we have accomplished the following to fulfill the obligations outlined in our Clackamas County Hamlet bylaws:n Accomplished the great work of helping develop our community identity. Vision and Values Statement was our first offering, which was overwhelmingly approved and supported by all.

The Community Vision Plan and the Stafford Compromise are other products of our great work.

  • Listened to and provided members a place to express positions of our community on issues of concern.
  • Using the above to "Be the voice of the community."
  • Have accomplished with great care and effort in providing advice to CCBC, Metro, Cities, CPO and others (which has sometimes gone unappreciated, disregarded or ignored completely).
  • We are still seeking equitable representation of our interests of our community members.One hour-long meeting to present our Compromise is not equitable when compared to CCBC involvement with other stakeholders: CCBA, Stafford Land Owners Assoc., cities, Metro and the State of Oregon.
  • Stafford Hamlet — "Not at the table, but always on the menu."

    The Stafford Compromise is the only document that addresses the livability, sustainability and functionality of the Stafford community and surrounding region. The Stafford Compromise will let the region work out its long-range governance issues, with recommendations that help solve the remand issues, where all stake holder gets something, but not everything they want.

    In the spirit of Metro's answer to changes in land designation in the Stafford area, "No, not only no but, hell no!", our answer, not only "YES, but HELL YES!", we have the answer to the Stafford Remand.

    Are "we" as smart as Washington County in forming a "coalition" that includes Clackamas County, the cities of Tualatin, West Linn and Lake Oswego, along with the Stafford Hamlet Community and coming up with a plan that we can move forward?

    Please don't bow to Metro's pressure, we have a formative movement that is gaining momentum, and can make this happen as "WE" want it, not as Metro Council see fit. We hope that you will consider joining our Coalition and work with us for the betterment of the entire region. Sometimes the "hard" yes is more advantageous than the "easy" no.

    Please join us, we look forward to you working with us, rather than against the wishes of so many.

    Please take us off the "Menu" and let us join you at the table.

    The J.P. and Susie Cook family has provided six generations of stewardship in Hazelia.

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