The City of Lincoln City has received a grant to prepare an innovative neighborhood plan for the area surrounding the US 101 highway project now under construction in Nelscott. A team of consultants and specialists in public involvement, marketing, and engineering, will assist the city in designing an off-highway street network and a neighborhood of new residential, commercial, industrial, and public uses on land that is currently vacant or underutilized.
The purpose of the Nelscott Gap project is to create a plan for an attractive neighborhood that promotes best use of urban land and the newly improved US 101 highway, creates space for new commercial, residential, and industrial land uses, and improves off-highway street access and connectivity for pedestrians, cars, bikes, and transit.
Project Study Area
The project study area consists predominantly of vacant and under-developed land on both sides of US 101 between SE 19th Street and SW 35th Street. The entire area is within the City of Lincoln City Urban Growth Boundary; however, a portion lays outside the current city limits. Although the project area has challenging topography and hydrology, it offers flat, large parcels as well as hillsides for development within walking distance of the Taft schools, the Nelscott commercial district, two large open spaces, and the Pacific Ocean.
After touring the project area last week and meeting with realtors and owners of several large parcels, the consultants and city staff are ready to begin the planning process. A project advisory committee (PAC) will provide local guidance during the 18-month process. The PAC includes representatives of the Nelscott Neighborhood Association, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Lincoln County Transit, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Lincoln County School District and students, Bay Area Merchants Association, Oregon Coast Community College, Lincoln County Public Works, the Chamber of Commerce, the city’s Parks Board and Sustainability Committee, as well as staff from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The first meeting of the PAC will be:
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM
in the Council Chambers at City Hall
801 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City
The public may attend and observe this meeting, and, if time permits, offer comments.
The City expects to complete the plan by the fall of 2016. The project advisory committee will meet six times. The planning process includes an intense “design week” in the summer or early fall, featuring public events, open houses for property owners, youth engagement, and a joint planning commission/city council workshop.