Planning Commission approves transport plan, now in hands of councils | New

The Cannon Beach Planning Commission voted unanimously to adopt the Cannon Beach Transportation System Plan (TSP) at its August 25 meeting, with additional recommendations regarding environmental protection and environmental issues. security. It is now up to the Cannon Beach City Council to review and adopt the TSP plan.

The TSP is a long term plan with a list of prioritized goals providing the framework for future solutions to transportation issues based on community priorities that will be implemented over the next 20 years budget permitting.

Future investments will improve travel for all users of the transport system, including those who drive, walk, cycle, use public transport and deliver goods within the city. The plan covers road safety, improved sidewalks and crosswalks, improved lighting and cycle paths. It will also handle the growing number of visitors expected over the next 20 years.

Why do we need a TSP? Cannon Beach remains the only town in Clatsop County without a TSP, and towns are required to complete a plan to qualify for state grants to help fund transportation projects.

This was the last planning commission meeting for Commissioner Lisa Kerr. Commission members and city officials expressed their gratitude to Ms. Kerr for her expertise and countless volunteer hours on the planning commission over the past eight years.

The City of Cannon Beach Transportation System Plan (TSP) is a long-term plan to manage, preserve, and improve the transportation system to meet the needs of the Cannon Beach community.


The TSP serves as a model and vision for the development of the transportation system in Cannon Beach for the next 20 years. The 2022 Transportation System Plan is Cannon Beach’s first TSP.

This plan:

• Assesses current and future conditions of Cannon Beach’s transportation system and determines transportation needs for all modes of travel including car, walking, biking, transit, and device use of mobility.

• Discusses system needs for freight, rail, sea and air.

• Assesses emergency response facilities, including tsunami evacuation routes, staging areas, wayfinding and signage, and provides recommendations to improve emergency response and system evacuation.

• Includes short and long term projects that directly address transportation issues in the City of Cannon Beach and provides a rating system for prioritizing these projects.

• Includes an implementation plan for funding, financing and project prioritization.

Future growth

Cannon Beach is submerged and surrounded by parks and natural areas. Many people are drawn to the city for the beach and the view of Haystack Rock. Tolovana State Park offers ample parking for visitors to access the beach with amenities such as restrooms and a playground. Local city parks, such as Whale Park and Les Shirley Park, are also access points to the Ecola Creek estuary and beach. Although Ecola State Park is outside of town, the main access is via Cannon Beach. Parks, natural areas and other community destinations.

Cannon Beach’s land use is primarily a mix of residential, commercial, and parkland or natural areas. Other land is used for institutions or public works, such as the wastewater treatment plant and the City’s offices. Land use in Cannon Beach should remain consistent with the land use designations in the overall plan.

Most of the city is zoned for residential development, mostly designated low or medium density. Notable high-density residential locations include Breakers Point condominiums on the northern edge of Ecola Creek and multi-family dwellings on Elk Creek Road east of US 101. The city also has areas zoned for residential motels and the prefabricated houses, which include two RV parks. Cannon Beach has three commercial nodes, one towards the north end, one in the middle of town, and one towards the south end. Each mall has restaurants, retail, and places to stay.

Cannon Beach has a variety of civic resources including the Cannon Beach Library, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, and the Cannon Beach History Center. Cannon Beach Academy is the only public school in town and is located just off S Hemlock Street, potentially attracting walking trips to the school. Cannon Beach is also home to Ecola Bible College, a one-year Christian school, and Christian Culinary Academy, both located on the north end of town.

Tourism is the biggest contributor to the city’s economy. Estimates of American Community Survey data show that about 780 people were employed at Cannon Beach in 201

By far the largest industry was accommodation and food services, followed by real estate, rental and leasing, and retail. It is estimated that nearly 85% of Cannon Beach employees work in one of these sectors.

While the impacts of tourism are felt year-round, transportation demands are highest from June to September. Cargo activity in Cannon Beach plays a vital role in supporting the local economy and tourist services such as food and retail transportation.

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