Bethany neighbors still trying to stop gas station development
A proposed Chevron gas station in Bethany that has drawn opposition from neighbors now has a third design under review.
Residents of the area in unincorporated Washington County have been involved in an effort to stop the development of the proposed gas station, which would be at the site of the former Mad Greek Deli at Northwest 185th Avenue and West Union Road, near Bethany Lake and the Rock Creek Greenway wetlands.
Neighbors say their concerns include traffic, economic and environmental reasons.
Bethany resident Brandon Philips, who started the website nabgas.com back in 2020, has previously cited a report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality that says nearly 3% of the state's underground storage tank facilities leaked in 2021.
The county has now received local developer Bob Barman's latest redesign for the gas station.
In his latest NABGAS — Neighbors Against Bethany Lake Gas Station — newsletter, Philips said, "We will continue to fight Bob Barman's plan to put us in peril for his gain. Our campaign has a track record of success: we have forced Bob to redesign and reduce the number of pumps at this station from 12 to 10 to eight."
Before the latest redesign, the gas station application for the nearly-5,000-square-foot building would've included 10 gas pumps and 52,000 gallons of underground fuel storage tanks.
Now, the number of pumps has been reduced to eight, the underground fuel storage has been reduced to 40,000 gallons and a drive-through has been added to the design.
Philips is asking neighbors who also have concerns about the proposed gas station to prepare comments for if the county opens a public comment period. He also hoped people will spread the word and save the Oct. 20 public hearing date.
Because the county doesn't have regulations to stop the development of a gas station like this one near sensitive environmental areas, Philips and other neighbors are also trying to get the county to change its land use code.
In February, the group started a petition asking County Commissioners to update county land use codes to "ensure an application for a gas station near public parks, wetlands or other sensitive areas can never be considered again."
Philips said in his newsletter that he hopes two things happen moving forward: the developer finds a new gas station location at least 500 feet away from the wetlands, and County Commissioners "do something beyond saying: 'Him, putting a gas station right there doesn't make sense.'"
Previous versions of Philips' newsletters and more information can be found at nabgas.com.
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