Stafford Hamlet



West Linn Tidings

Three cities aim to come together on Stafford approach

November 04, 2018

"As the West Linn City Council discussed a three-city intergovernmental agreement (IGA) regarding future development in the rural Stafford area at a work session Oct. 29, the state's completion of an Interstate 205 widening project was referenced as a possible benchmark for when urbanization might begin."

Metro News

Metro Reserves Signing Ceremony

June 29, 2017

Clackamas County's public statement:

"Senior elected officials from Metro, Clackamas County, and the cities of Lake Oswego, Tualatin and West Linn came together on June 28 to sign and celebrate an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) on potential future urbanization of the Stafford area in unincorporated Clackamas County."


West Linn Tidings

WL, LO, Tualatin get to work on potential Stafford agreement

February 28, 2018

"When five parties — Metro, Clackamas County and the cities of West Linn, Tualatin and Lake Oswego — toasted with sparkling apple juice last June to a new Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) detailing how to deal with the future of the rural Stafford area, there was little sense of finality even after more than half a decade of intense debates surrounding the issue."

Lake Oswego Review

Hazelia Agri-Cultural Heritage Trail Grand Opening 

July 13,2017 | by Anthony Macuk

"Trail was created by a group of Stafford residents who wanted to preserve the area's unique history"

opening of the Hazelia Agri-Cultural Trail on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Luscher Farm.

Mayor Kent Studebaker and other City officials attended the event, along with several of the local community members who worked for years to bring the trail to life, including Stafford Hamlet resident Ann Culter, who played a key role in the project's working group, and Rick Cook, whose historic family farm serves as one of the stops along the trail."

Rick Cook and Ann Cutler two community members who brought the trail to life | Photo by Amy Cook 


Lake Oswego Review

Stafford Hamlet: fulfilling its purpose

February 16, 2017 | by Rick Cook

"The Stafford Hamlet is an advisory board to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. In the matter of the Stafford remand, the Hamlet has been completely transparent, informative, forthright and as inclusive as possible, reaching out to all stakeholders as we have completed tasks to help not only the Hamlet, but also the County determine how best to proceed with planning for our area.

Taking our purposes to heart, we have accomplished the following to fulfill the obligations outlined in our Clackamas County Hamlet bylaws;

— Accomplished the great work of helping develop our community identity. A Vision and Values Statement was our first offering, which was overwhelmingly approved and supported by all. The Community Vision Plan and the Stafford Compromise are other products of our great work;

— Listened to and provided community members a place to express positions on issues of concern;

— Used the above to be "the voice of the community"; and

— Provided advice to the Board of Commissioners, Metro, cities, Community Planning Organizations and others with great care and effort (which has sometimes gone unappreciated, disregarded or ignored completely)."


West Linn Tidings

To urbanize Stafford Triangle or not, that is the question

February 16, 2017 | by Jeff Gudman

"With the possible exception of the Borland area, the Stafford Triangle does not need to be designated an urban reserve for the next several decades. Here are five reasons.

Community Values: The West Linn, Tualatin, Lake Oswego communities and the residents of the Stafford Triangle collectively do not want urbanization.

The three cities have been fighting expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary into Stafford for decades. The costs of infrastructure, lack of resources to pay for the infrastructure, impact on quality of life and lack of the transportation system to absorb the increased population makes the addition as an urban reserve problematic."


West Linn Tidings

Call to action: 50,000 new residents coming to Stafford Hamlet

February 9, 2017 | by Dave Adams

"If you, like the majority of your neighbors, are appalled by Metro's plan to increase Stafford's population by 50,000 (yes, you read that right — fifty thousand), with all the traffic, habitat destruction and endless cycles of construction that it will bring, it is critically urgent that you make your objections known. Let your mayor and the Clackamas County Commissioners know that you support the Stafford Hamlet Compromise (more on that below) and oppose Metro's "high density" plan for our community. We have made it easy for you to do just that — just go to and sign the petition today."

Clackamas County News


The Stafford Board Attends the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Meeting

Stafford Hamlet Chair Jay Minor and Vice Chair Dave Adams presented The Stafford Compromise to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners (CCBC), at Chair Ludlow's invitation.
May 3rd, 2016 | Audio includes the full Stafford Hamlet portion of the meeting
After thoughtful discussion and surprise talking points, Jay and Dave returned to the CCBC business meeting to follow up on a few things that had been discussed on May 3rd.
May 5th, 2016 | View Stafford Hamlet portion of the meeting @ 40 min 18 sec

Stafford Chair: Jay Minor (Left) and Vice Chair: Dave Adams (Center) at Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Meeting


Lake Oswego Review


Preserving 'A Pretty Special Place' in LO

by Anthony Macuk | May 26, 2016
Lake Oswego honors Cooks for restoration on the Shipley-Cook farm, which has been in the family for 116 years
Rick Cook and Steve Cook near the farms grape gardens, which were added in the 1990s | Photos by Lake Oswego Review