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Open houses are planned later this year for public input on city's application to Metro to expand its urban growth boundary west

BARBARA SHERMAN - Urbsworks planner Marcy McInelly, who made a presentation to a joint King City Planning Commission/City Council meeting Oct. 4 about progress on the city's application to Metro to expand its UGB, participates in a City Hall meeting with city officials Oct. 16.King City officials have been working for nearly a year on an application to Metro to expand its urban growth boundary from King City west to Roy Rogers Road between Beef Bend Road and the Tualatin River, and on Oct. 4 Urbsworks planner Marcy McInelly updated the City Council and Planning Commission on the process.

She presented a time-line, starting with Metro designating the area known as URA 6D as an urban reserve area; in 2018 Metro could approve the area being brought into the urban growth boundary. In 2019, King City could create a master plan that includes a comprehensive plan and zoning code amendments; and starting in 2020, property owners within the UGB could start requesting annexation although "it will not be mandatory to annex," McInelly said.

The city is planning on hosting an open house Dec. 5 to give people interested in the process an opportunity to ask questions and make comments; the city has tentatively set Dec. 6 and 13 for Planning Commission hearings and Jan. 3, 17 and possibly the 24th for City Council hearings.

McInelly went on to describe how a town center at the intersection of Roy Rogers and Beef Bend roads might look along with both residential and rural neighborhoods plus what is being called a "Beef Bend neighborhood" adjacent to the road.

All the neighborhoods are envisioned to have parks and open spaces with higher-density/attached buildings closer to Roy Rogers, and detached dwellings in the other developable areas.

A market analysis shows 500 to 950 dwelling units could be built in the first 10 years, and all the developable land in the area could eventually accommodate a density between 3,000 and 11,000 units.

McInelly cautioned that with deep canyons and streams flowing toward the Tualatin River throughout UR 6D, "it's a complicated piece of land to develop because of the topography."

She added, "There would be small neighborhoods in between the green-finger gorge areas – it would not be one continuous subdivision, but there would be streets through the area to connect King City with the new city center."

According to McInelly, Washington County transportation officials have told her that eventually Beef Bend could be widened to three lanes with a center turn lane at intersections or even five lanes.

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