UPDATE Posted June 28
County officials said six people attended the Lincoln City public meeting on June 27, concerning the Commons and fairgrounds master plan.
Look for more updates about this developing story, here at thenewsguard.com, and in the Wednesday print editions of The News Guard, and at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/commons/page/2018-commons-master-planning-process.
Previous News Guard coverage posted June 27:
HAPPENING TONIGHT: Commons Master Plan meetings
Lincoln County officials are inviting the public to a series of public meetings in the effort to refine the Lincoln County Commons Master Plan.
The three public meetings will include presentations about the project’s purpose, process, work-to-date and “right-sized” site plan. After an opening presentation, the format will switch to an open house where participants will visit stations to provide comments on the site plan and identify potential uses and needed amenities.
Open House #2
2-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 27
Toledo City Hall
206 N Main Street
Open House #3
6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27
Lincoln City Hall
801 SW Hwy 101
In previous months, The Master Plan Vision Committee in collaboration with the 3J Consulting team has continued to explore and define the existing conditions, opportunities and constraints regarding the Commons site and its facilities. County Commissioner and Fair Board member, Claire Hall, said “It’s a very exciting time as we are moving closer to a site design that fits the needs of our community. We are really looking forward to the public’s feedback on what we have accomplished to date and what is further desired at the Commons.”
The Lincoln County Commons (Fairgrounds), home of the Lincoln County Fair, was badly in need of repairs and updating. Voters set in motion steps to restore this vital asset by voting YES on Measure 21-119 in 2007 dedicating monies to a Fair Facilities Fund, and later in 2016 by enacting Measure 21 -165 which dedicated additional funding to redevelopment of the existing Commons (Fairgrounds) and to operating the facilities. Both passed by 60% of the vote countywide in those elections.
The purpose of this project is to create a refined Master Plan for facilities at the Lincoln County Commons property, home of the Lincoln County Fair. Building upon past work done by a Blue Ribbon Committee and an initial Master Plan, the refinements include a proposed new main exhibit hall, covered arena (pavilion), open spaces and improvements to some existing facilities. The Plan will also include a comprehensive business plan for building and operating the redeveloped grounds.
Details about the 2018 Commons Master Planning Process, vision statement, meeting archive, previous public input, audio and more are available online: http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/commons/page/2018-commons-master-planning-process
For more information, contact:
Public Information Officer
Lincoln County Board of Commissioners