FAQ: Conservation Resource Center project

Farm driveway, October 14, 2018
Farm driveway, October 14, 2018

Frequently asked (and answered!) questions (FAQ)

We will amend these questions and answers about the Conservation Resource Center project as needed.

Q: What are you doing at the farm?
A: The Clackamas SWCD is creating a permanent conservation center to better serve our constituents in Clackamas County. We hope to also house the USDA Farm Service Agency and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service so that the facility becomes a one-stop shop for our agricultural customers.
Q: Are there pictures available?
Yes!  Hover over the Conservation Resource Center menu choice to see month-by-month photo sets.
Q: Why were buildings removed?
A: The Clackamas SWCD chose to build on the already developed part of the property so that farm fields and open space would be retained. When the property was up for sale in 2013 it was marketed as a possible subdivision. The District’s purchase of the property prevented the loss of open space that would have occurred if a subdivision had gone in.
Q: Couldn’t the buildings have been saved?
A: We offered the buildings to the local community, hoping that someone might want them. The cost of upgrading the structures to meet current building codes and to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act was more than they are worth. The most prudent use of the public funds entrusted to the District is to remove those buildings. We are saving some of the most useful outbuildings. The District is committed to preserving the century-old barn. We have already invested tens of thousands of dollars to keep it standing. More work remains to be done!
Q: How can the District build an office on this site?
A: The site is zoned RA-2. We are allowed to build there through a conditional use provision specified in the Clackamas County zoning and development ordinances.
Q: How much will this cost?
A: The total project cost is projected to be $5.5 million.  Project funding will be through a loan to the District.
Q: How has the community been informed of this activity?
A: We have discussed this many times at Hamlet of Beavercreek meetings. It has been featured in the Beavercreek Bulletin and in Pamplin Media newspapers. We have presented our plans during events held at the site. It has also been featured on our website. As part of the conditional use process, neighbors were contacted by Clackamas County for their comments.
Q: Won’t it be noisy? What about extra traffic?
A: We don’t expect that activities at the new facility will be any noisier than before. A traffic study showed no significant impact to existing traffic on Beavercreek Road.
Q: Why are trees along the driveway being removed?
A: The driveway must be widened to accommodate two lanes of traffic. That can’t be done without removing some trees. We are positioning the new driveway east of one row of trees so that we can retain as many trees as possible. We will replant trees once construction is completed.
Q: Will the facility be open to the public?
A: We are a public entity and once construction is complete we will welcome visitors. The large conference room may be made available in the future for workshops and educational events. We will hold an open house for the community in 2020.
Q: Can I have my wedding at the farm?
A: The Clackamas SWCD does not allow wedding-related events to be held at the farm.
Q: What will the fields be used for?
A: For now, the fields provide open space and grass hay. There is ample room for additional demonstration projects. We look forward to creating demonstrations of various farm and ranch practices.
Q: How do I get more information?
A: Please use our contact form at https://farm.conservationdistrict.org/contact to reach us.

For more information

Please contact the Clackamas SWCD for more information.