Wilsonville City Council unanimously approved a first reading of ordinance No. 811 — which would annex 4.9 acres of right-of-way land located within the Coffee Creek Industrial Area — at a meeting Thursday, Jan. 4.
The area resides within the urban growth boundary and is currently located near the northwest portion of Wilsonville in unincorporated Washington County. The meeting included a public hearing but no members of the public stepped forward to comment on the ordinance.
A second reading of the draft, which could include tweaks to the ordinance, is expected to be presented at the upcoming city council meeting Jan. 18 — although Wilsonville City Attorney Barbara Jacobson expects the council to approve the second reading without additional changes.
"The annexation of this right-of-way is the first step in beginning urban level roadway improvements in the area," associate planner Kimberly Rybold said during a presentation at the meeting.
Following a potential resolution at the upcoming City Council meeting, City staff are expected to ask Washington County for a jurisdictional transfer of road authority to the City of Wilsonville. If the area is annexed and road authority is granted, the city would look to acquire additional right-of-ways within the annexed area.
Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp is bullish about private investment prospects in the Coffee Creek Industrial Area.
"There are some indications that as we get some firm plans on the ground, we may see private investment in the area — which is of course a positive thing we've been looking forward to," Knapp said.