Community Assistance Planning Program

The City of Willamina hosted a Community Assistance Planning Program (CAPP) organized by the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA) and City Manager Robert Sivick. The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and Portland State University (PSU) “Sustainable Cities and Regions” class provided support and additional resources for this project.

Here are a few of the CAPP team recommendations:

Economic Development

  • Inventory of all city-owned land and buildings for asset management
  • Prepare a Financing Plan
  • Pay for Financing Plan by selling surplus property…or State funding
  • Develop a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
  • Allow development within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and identify priorities for growth
  • Distribute info on 10 Gigabyte City. Info in water bill?

Creating Places: Tourism

  • Contact Travel Oregon to find ways to be included on tourist materials, web information
  • Consider ways to improve first impressions
  • Contact Cycle Oregon to discuss improving regional awareness of cycle routes through Willamina
  • Celebrate natural setting and connections to local agriculture!

Creating Places: Streets & Sidewalks

Creating Places: Trails & Parks

  • Talk to Hampton management about trestle over Willamina Creek. Ask for their specific concerns about pedestrians using trestle to get between Hampton Pond and West Valley Community Campus (WVCC)
  • Contact Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for resources
  • Find sponsor for Summer Movie in Lamson Park
  • Contact Oregon State University (OSU) scientists to get definitive solution for invasive weeds in Hampton Pond

Creating Places: West Valley Community Campus (WVCC)

  • Contact Portland State University (PSU) or University of Oregon (UO) to find out if they can help with a West Valley Community Campus (WVCC) Master Plan and facility assessment
  • Solicit volunteer architects and structural engineers to assess WVCC
  • Hire students from Vocational Agriculture (Vo-Ag) to help with makerspace (community center with tools)
  • Coordinate/clarify WVCC and Library overlap
  • Encourage additional pre-school
  • Work with School District on approaching churches, etc.


  • Involve students in government
    • Council youth reps
    • Planning Commission youth reps
    • City/County Chamber program with rotating internships
  • Develop intergovernmental relations
    • Outline all the codes and plans that need to be updated. Contact Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and Council of Government (COG)
    • Update City maps. Contact Portland State University (PSU) or County GIS to help.

A detailed summary of the event findings is provided in the attached Willamina Visioning Recap edited by Taylor Stone

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