Protect Tualatin Parks was organized under state election laws to circulate a city initiative petition to amend Tualatin’s City Charter . On September 2nd we were notified by Washington County that we had collected an adequate number of registered voter signatures to place our initiative on the March 2011 ballot. Protect Tualatin Parks PAC was formed in December 2010.
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Our goal is to amend the Tualatin City Charter to require voter approval of non-park uses on parkland. Written in 1975, Tualatin’s Development Code does not protect our parkland nor assure public involvement in transportation issues. Population growth from less than 1,000 residents in 1970 to more than 26,000 in 2010 is just one of the many factors that have stressed this inadequate code. Tualatin lacks vigorous neighborhood associations. Our Transportation System Plan is singly focused on roads and badly needs updating. Besides walking our neighborhoods with our petition, volunteers worked with City leadership to improve citizen participation and produce better outcomes. Pressures from outside the City (regional transportation crises, lobbying by special interests, ODOT and others) tend to influence City Council decisions. We are committed to being a "lobby" for the residents and quality of life. For more information, email us a firstname.lastname@example.org.