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Wilsonville, Tualatin ask: what should we do with Basalt Creek?

Community survey asks residents for preference on future land uses


by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Basalt Creek is an 847 acre area between Wilsonville and Tualatin. The Cities of Wilsonville and Tualatin are asking the public to share its input and take a survey about future development in the Basalt Creek area.

Basalt Creek is an unincorporated area located between the north end of Wilsonville and south city limits of Tualatin. The survey is available online at basaltcreek.com until July 14.

The survey wants to gather community input on the types of land uses that should be permitted in the area, as well as details focused on employment, commercial, residential, and recreational uses. Based on questions asked at a public workshop for the Basalt Creek planning area held in June, the survey includes 32 questions and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Participants also are asked to rank the importance of offering alternative transportation options (e.g., walking, bicycling and transit), parks, open spaces and other considerations for the area.

In 2004, Metro included this land in the urban growth boundary to accommodate new development in the region for the next 20 years. In order to guide urbanization in this 850-acre area, the Basalt Creek Concept Plan specifically addresses a variety of factors including:

* Future city-limit boundaries between the Cities of Tualatin and Wilsonville;

* Land uses including employment, commercial, residential, parks, trails, and green ways;

* Transportation network and system of connections for roads, transit, and active transportation options;

* Provision of urban services such as water, sanitary sewer and stormwater;

For information or to take the survey visit basaltcreek.com.

The Basalt Creek Concept Plan planning area is generally located between the southern edge of Tualatin and the northern boundary of Wilsonville, where the two cities are less than a mile apart. The planning area is approximately 847 acres and includes an area to the west of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility known as the West Railroad Planning Area.

Currently, the land is composed of a mix of residences, nurseries, farms, forests, and a creek. In 2004, Metro added these areas to the urban growth boundary both for residential and industrial uses.

The Basalt Creek Concept Plan will be a collaborative effort between property owners, community members, elected officials, and staff from both cities. In general, a concept plan identifies a vision for the planning area and guides future land use and transportation. Additionally, it outlines an implementation strategy for urban services such as water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer systems, other public services and protection of natural and cultural resources.

While Basalt Creek is part of the UGB, property owners are unable to pursue urban development until a concept plan is completed. For the same reason, prior to incorporating this land into either city a plan must be adopted to coordinate land use and transportation and preserve natural resources.

Interested residents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to voice their input, raise concerns, offer suggestions, and ask questions through a public workshop, open house, community surveys, and public meetings.

For more information visit basaltcreek.com.



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