Planners describe the schedule and what lies ahead in the future

REGAL COURIER PHOTO: BARBARA SHERMAN - King City City Councilor John Boylston exits a van following a tour March 13 of the area west of King City that city officials are working to bring into the urban growth boundary.People might know that King City is working to expand its urban growth boundary west to Roy Rogers Road between Beef Bend Road and the Tualatin River, but what does that really mean?

The process to develop a concept plan and prepare a housing needs analysis is in full swing but any noticeable results might be years away.

Helping guide the city are city consultant Keith Liden plus consultants from Urbsworks and Murray Smith & Associates.

City engineer Murray Smith & Associates has worked to provide a report on existing conditions regarding water, sanitary sewer and storm water systems needed to support the project. Also, it has been conducting an evaluation of concept plan alternatives regarding necessary water, sanitary sewer and storm water system improvements and associated concept planning level costs.

Following is a time-line of what has taken place to date and what is in store for the future:

At the beginning of the year King City formed a Stakeholder Advisory Committee that was made up of citizens with diverse perspectives to help guide the planning process for what is currently called the King City Urban Reserve Area.

SAC meetings were held Feb. 13 and March 13, with additional ones set for May 8, July 10 and Sept. 11, all at 6 p.m. at King City City Hall.

A three-day charrette was held March 13-15, which included several public events. A tour of the 600-acre site led by City Manager Mike Weston took place on the morning of March 13, when he drove a van full of consultants and city councilors on the roads that traverse the site.

One of the major landholders in the area is the Metropolitan Land Group, which has been buying up property, including the site at the corner of Roy Rogers and Beef Bend where Al's Garden Center has a 99-year lease.

"Fischer Road would come out east of Al's, and Beef Bend would become a collector and be expanded to three lanes with a center turn lane," Weston explained.

He added that land next to the river that is in the flood plain can't be developed, and he pointed out a flat piece of land off Elsner that could be a future school site.

Four deep canyons traverse the land, which cannot be developed, but as far as the rest of the land, Weston said, "Several property owners are interested in developing or selling. Land in the UGB sells for $800,000 an acre."

From the van windows, passengers could see marshy ground and streams, the effects of a rainy winter and run-off from Bull Mountain, and Councilor Billie Reynolds said at the end of the tour, "There is an awful lot of water to deal with."

Monday evening there was an open house at Deer Creek Elementary to discuss the UGB expansion, which several dozen people attended. (See separate story.)

The Technical Advisory Committee met Tuesday afternoon, and on Wednesday the public could come to City Hall to look at maps, ask questions and offer suggestions to the consultants, which was followed by a joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission, when a presentation was made by Marcy McInelly, principal at Urbsworks.

She presented a time-line of the process, starting in 2011 when Metro originally designated the Urban Reserve Area. This year King City will complete its concept plan and housing needs analysis for the area with a goal of getting it approved by the City Council in October to submit to the Metro Council, which in 2018 will consider requests by cities to add to their urban growth boundaries.

"Potentially Metro could approve this area to be brought into the UGB," McInelly said.

If that happened, in 2019 the city would complete a master plan for the area, including a comprehensive plan and zoning code, and beginning in 2020, annexations could start.

McInelly stressed the benefit of King City having control of the development of this area, saying, "We have the luxury to put a unique stamp on his area (architecturally and style-wise). We even have the opportunity to 'heal' the damage done by older developments 'uphill' (on Bull Mountain). There needs to be a variety of housing plus green spaces to handle the run-off."

The planners are aware that flood plains, riparian zones, wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas will have a major influence on the amount of land available for development and will influence the character of the development.

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