The City of Warrenton’s new Transportation System Plan was adopted at February 14th’s City Commision Meeting. The plan will steer future improvements in this sector.
In 2017 Clatsop County underwent a study to examine the land available for housing development. This year, Warrenton and other Clatsop County cities examined the study and will begIn making decisions regarding what is needed to supply housing for residents in coming years. Findings point out the “missing middle” says Community Development Director Kevin Cronin. Duplexes, 3-plexes and townhouses cater to working class families, this is needed all along the coast. The report discovered that, although there is enough housing in the area, 1.4 units per resident, it is not being used by locals year-round. Twenty-seven percent of housing is vacant. Through this and other findings, the report sets the goal of increasing workforce housing and focusing on controlling land zoned for residential housing and using it efficiently.
In a new initiative, the City of Warrenton is enabling a group of citizens in the brainstorming process for city projects. “They are energized, it is exciting.” Kevin Cronin, Community Development Director,says, “It is something I like to come to work for.” There are three different tasks on the docket and the team has met several times to discuss. The focus project is repurposing and improving properties in downtown Warrenton in order to add mixed-use buildings. They may include retail, office space or apartments. The group hopes to fill the downtown area with vibrant tenants who will bring business and energy to the area.
The post office is also under discussion. The group is considering renovating or rebuilding in order to make the city building more friendly and welcoming. The group’s meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to share their opinion.