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Keep Wilsonville’s rural, suburban feel

We’ve all noticed the huge number of apartments that have been built in the last year, over 650 units alone on the old Thunderbird property on Parkway Avenue. Even with the single-family homes being built in Villebois, Wilsonville is out of proportion with about 58 percent of all housing in Wilsonville being multi-family dwellings. Only 40 percent are single-family homes.

When looking to the future, we need to loosen density restrictions to bring housing into balance. The planning commission and city council are in the process of master planning housing for the Frog Pond and Advance Road areas. We believe that more apartments are not needed, nor are homes on postage stamp-sized lots with alley driveways. Instead, there is a need for homes on lots with yards large enough for children to play, such as the Park at Merryfield, Morey’s Landing and Wilsonville Meadows subdivisions.

On Monday, July 15, the Wilsonville City Council will be receiving a report from the planning commission. Part of that report has to do with density and the proportion of housing types in Wilsonville. You are encouraged to attend and give your opinion on housing density and whether you feel we should now focus on building single-family homes on larger lots. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at city hall.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you can write a letter to the Wilsonville City Council and mail it to: 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville, OR 97070.

Density plays an important part in the livability of Wilsonville. It is time to grow in a way that will put less burden on our schools, roads and police. The city survey communicated the residents’ desire for keeping a rural, suburban feel. The time is now for the council to hear your opinion.

Doris Wehler

Wilsonville

David Stead

Wilsonville

Cathy Rice

Wilsonville

Randy Durig

Wilsonville

City should plan larger lots

The Wilsonville Planning Commission and City Council are in the process of master planning housing for the Frogpond and Advance Road areas. I am hoping that the citizens of Wilsonville will chime in on the type of housing they would like to see in the future.

We certainly have the high-density piece under control with approximately 58 percent of our housing in apartments and with the village plan at Villebois. It would be really great to see something a little different on the east side of town.

In my real estate business, clients are always asking where they can build a single-level home with room for a shop and/or garden. Right now their only choice is to buy acreage, which costs $300-500,000 (and that is before you drill a well, install a septic system, road, power, etc.). This is cost-prohibitive to most people and all they really want is a lot large enough to accommodate a 2,500-square-foot home and small outbuilding.

I am part of the baby boomer generation, and on behalf of that growing population and other people who just want a large yard for kids, dogs, gardening, etc., I’m hopeful that the city of Wilsonville will allow for choices other than high density.

Please send your comments to the planning commission and city council or attend the meeting being held at city hall on July 15 at 7 p.m.

Debi Laue

Wilsonville

Run schools like we run our homes

After walking around Wood Middle School today in the heat, I realize (again) why I never feel guilty when I vote “no” on any tax increase involving schools. I can hear the AC units running all day and night. This is from the main building and the two outer class buildings. Note: There is not a single car in both parking lots.

Over the years I’ve witnessed such a blatant disregard for water, PE equipment and all other utilities. I counted 32 sports balls left out at the primary school during spring break two years ago and by the end of the break there were eight remaining.

The solution: Run each school similar to how we have to run our homes.

Scott Wilson

Wilsonville




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