Land use — After months of debate, Del Boca Vista approved to continue subdivision

After a handful of delays, the Terra Estates application was approved at the Dec. 16 Newberg City Council meeting.

“There was never a reason for it to come in front of us,” said Councilor Denise Bacon. “It met the findings for city development. There was no reason not to pass it.”

The Del Boca Vista LLC subdivision has been a source of criticism from neighbors for the past several months. Arguments had been made that the subdivision off North College Street was inconsistent with surrounding land uses and claimed the development would create more traffic than nearby streets could handle.

“The other stuff brought up was just noise not dealing with the actual plans,” Bacon said, “(except for) the traffic issues and those were dealt with in the planning commission.”

She said the unanimous decision was not a judgment.

“It was clear. We had no choice but to pass it, in my opinion,” she said.

Barton Brierley, planning and building director, said the approval means Del Boca Vista can continue the process toward development.

“They still have to develop all of their construction plans,” Brierley said. “That’s the next step. Once those are approved then they can start doing construction and improvements.”

But opponents do have 21 days to file an appeal with the Land Use Board of Appeals.

“Our decision holds until LUBA says otherwise,” Bacon said.

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