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Consulting firm to develop Frog Pond master plan


by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The 181-acre Frog Pond area in east Wilsonville, shown here at the corner of Stafford and Boeckman roads, is slated for the development of up to 1,000 single-family homes in the coming years. The residential build-out of the Frog Pond area in east Wilsonville will be the largest development in the city since Villebois.

And it’s now getting underway in earnest, with the City Council in March approving a $297,931 contract with Angelo Planning Group to develop a master plan for the 181-acre site that includes both privately and publicly owned parcels of land. The land in question is bounded on the east by Stafford Road, on the south by Boeckman Road, on the west by Boeckman Creek and in the north by Frog Pond Lane.

The Portland-based company is experienced in the type of overarching planning needed in this area, which will feature a host of mechanisms for public involvement. They will include the usual online surveys, websites, open houses and more, as well as the creation of a public task force to help analyze all the resulting data and formulate policy solutions.

Whatever form it takes, councilors agreed that the way in which the public is engaged would go a long way toward the relative success or failure of the development.

“I think that the public’s perception of how inviting the process is for them to come in and participate,” said Mayor Tim Knapp, “is going to be absolutely critical to achieving the sort of buy-in that makes this plan have eventual viability and horsepower.”

The Frog Pond area is envisioned by the city as providing room for up to 1,000 single-family homes as it develops. Because of Wilsonville’s current ratio of 57:43 percent multifamily to single-family housing stock, it is expected that the city will have some latitude in the composition of housing in this area, as well as the larger and adjacent, 316-acre Advance Road planning area.

However the development plays out, those involved agree it’s represents one of the most significant planning moves for Wilsonville in the past decade.

“This is a major step forward and a milestone in this project,” said Katie Mangle, the city’s long-range planning manager and project manager for the master planning process, which is expected to take up to two years to complete.

A $341,000 planning grant from Metro is paying for much of the planning, with the city chipping in an additional $80,000 in matching money funded through systems development charges.

Mangle said she envisions a public task force similar to those that have worked with city staff on economic development, tourism, a proposed aquatic center and other issues. She estimated the city has spoken with nearly three-quarters of the involved property owners in the 181-acre area about the planning process.

“I think our experience that we’ve had through the last couple of years when we’ve had some very successful task force work done,” said Knapp, “is to be sure to invite potential critics as well as potential supporters to the table so the dialogue can occur during the task force meetings and some kind of consensus can come out that has been vetted. I trust we can do that in this particular case, also.”

“It’s very exciting to get going on this,” said Mangle. “We’ve been talking about it for a while now.”