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Tom Anderson on the Issues

Transportation

  • I endorse the Get Moving 2020 transportation package that is slated for the November ballot.  
    • The Southwest Corridor Light Rail project, which is the majority of the package, balances light rail access against minimal housing and business displacement.  Current station locations and track alignment all the way to Bridgeport Village address a glaring need for Trimet services to SW Portland, Tigard, and Tualatin.
    • This package also includes funding to fix outdated infrastructure throughout Washington and Clackamas Counties.  It is important to address intersections that have not been improved since they were designed in the 70’s and 80’s.
  • I support a detailed traffic pattern study on Highway 99W and OR 217 to improve congestion in the region.

 

Land Use

  • I champion smart land use planning with the goal of alleviating rising housing costs.  This can be accomplished by exploring the expansion of Metro’s Urban Growth Boundary to stimulate the construction of new homes in the region.
  • I want our metropolitan area to continue enjoying the natural areas that make our community so special.  I believe partnering with groups like Clean Water Services can ensure that undeveloped areas promote healthy wildlife and natural habitats in a cost effective manner.

 

Affordable Housing and Homelessness

  • I support the affordable housing bond that passed in 2019.  As a member of the Metro Council, I would work with staff and the different Housing Authorities to implement the strategy for supplying the region with lower cost housing options.
    • This bond is a good example of the role of the Metro Council.  Every city and the Housing Authorities were grappling individually with building and zoning policies. Through good collaboration, the Metro Council helped the smaller cities identify their needs and then procured the funds for Housing Authorities to build larger affordable housing units.

 

Role on Metro Council

  • I want Metro to focus on the core mission, which is land use planning, parks, solid waste, the zoo, and the convention center events. Metro should attend to these core areas before branching out. 

  • There is a perception that Multnomah County always takes precedence on the Metro Council proposals.  District 3 needs a strong councilor to raise the concerns of Washington and Clackamas Counties so their interests are represented.  I plan to communicate directly with the cities to get input and provide timely updates.


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