Benton County, Oregon

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Printed on Oct 24, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Bailey Branch Management Strategy

Since the Benton County Board of Commissioners voted to purchase the Bailey Branch rail line, the community has been engaged in discussion and some individuals even have presented proposals for the use of that property.

Benton County is developing the Bailey Branch Management Strategy to guide its utilization of that resource and to preserve that right-of-way for the public good, adhering to the best uses for that property. Currently there is not a specific plan as to how the corridor might be used but possibilities exist with passenger rail, recreational uses or even renewed use for shipping goods to market.

The Bailey Branch Management Strategy’s purpose is to act as a set of principles to guide future decisions regarding the Bailey Branch as a public resource. It will include a detailed inventory of the property, identification of issues related to the strategy and identification of objectives with short- and long-term recommendations. Community members will have opportunity to comment and review the draft strategy before a final proposal is submitted to the Board of Commissioners for final approval. Anticipated project timeline is as follows:

March 2014: Planning and data collection begins.

July 2014:

  • Draft strategy presented for public review and comment.
  • Public is notified of public input meetings to be held over the summer.

August 2014: Board of Commissioners to review and adopt strategy.

Public Comment

Comment from members of the public is welcome at all stages through the process. To make a comment or to be added to our information list for future communication on this topic, please contact us using one of the methods below.

Benton County Board of Commissioners
ATTN: Rick Osborn
205 NW Fifth Street
Corvallis, OR 97330



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The links listed below are to PDF documents containing information related to this topic. It will be updated regularly as new documents become available.

Bailey Branch Management Strategy Notification

Bailey Branch Management Strategy News Release March 31, 2014

Bailey Branch Public Forum Announcement News Release June 10, 2014

Bailey Branch Management Strategy Options News Release June 30, 2014

DRAFT Bailey Branch Management Strategy July 2, 2014

Public Comment to Close Aug. 8 on Draft Management Strategy July 24, 2014

FINAL Bailey Branch Management Strategy Oct. 16, 2014 (Please note that all trail development currently is focused between Albany and Corvallis)