The Osprey Group
We believe that if the agencies and the community can rise to the challenge, the
collaborative process, Option II, can best address the current challenge of "getting to a
transportation solution for West Eugene that has widespread understanding and
acceptability." The hurdles, however, are serious. Several are cited in the text that
describes this option. It is clear, for example, that without willing and active ODOT
participation, such a process should not be pursued.
Option III provides the next best course if the agencies are truly committed to listening
and understanding, and believe that a heightened commitment to public engagement is in
their interests. This option could be pursued to enhance public involvement while
simultaneously seeking improved inter-agency coordination and agreement.
Proceeding on the current course, Option I, is unlikely to increase public understanding
or acceptability of whatever decision is made. Any build option that fragments the
wetlands will be strongly opposed by many. This option, despite the appearance of being
most committed to a timely decision, has the greatest potential of facing difficult and
time-consuming agency reviews and litigation.