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Oregon City staffer moves to manage permits, development in state's fastest growing city

Oregon City's Laura Terway has been appointed to serve as Happy Valley's planner manager beginning Nov. 15.

In the position, Terway will manage a department responsible for processing permits and development applications in Oregon's fastest growing city.

"Happy Valley has a lot of exciting and challenging projects on the horizon," said City Manager Jason Tuck. "We are confident that with Laura's extensive experience, communications style and positive demeanor, she will be a great addition to our team and help us meet the needs of the community."

Becoming Oregon City's community development director in 2016, Terway previously acted as supervisor of OC's planning, building and IT departments. She chose to come to Happy Valley despite OC's pay scale topping out at $143,028, while her Happy Valley position tops out just under $120,000 annually. Her starting salary will be $118,705 in Happy Valley, toward the higher end of the range due to her experience, Tuck said.

Terway said that taking the job in Happy Valley has personal benefits for her and her family.Laura Terway

"I am looking forward to supporting the community of Happy Valley on a variety of important projects as well as an opportunity to spend more time with my family," she said.

Among her projects will be development-code updates to be in compliance with new state-mandated "missing middle" housing regulations, finishing the Pleasant Valley/North Carver Comprehensive Plan and finalizing the plans for a future downtown and Carver Riverfront. She will also be assisting with the Sunrise Gateway visioning exercise on Highway 212 in partnership with Clackamas County.

Prior to Terway's selection as planning manager, a four-person panel consisting of Assistant City Manager Ben Bryant, Economic and Community Development Director Michael Walter, City Engineer Sally Curran and Building Official Mark Ennis conducted interviews of multiple candidates.

"Laura emerged as the unanimous choice to join our team," Tuck said. "As with all other hires, the city conducted background and reference checks. The feedback we received from her colleagues, employees and supervisor were very positive."

Terway began serving OC 18 years ago as a planning volunteer. She holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Portland State University, along with a bachelor's degree in geography from Western Oregon University. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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