Public hearings before Forest Grove council set for next Monday
The Forest Grove City Council will accept comments from community members on two proposals that will receive public hearings next Monday, April 23.
On the City Council's Monday agenda are a proposed update to the master plan for Pacific University — including the university's parking plan, always a hot-button issue in downtown Forest Grove — and a proposed hike in the city's aquatic fees.
Dan Riordan, a senior city planner in Forest Grove, described parking as a "significant component" of the university master plan. He said both an analysis of existing parking and a future parking demand assessment were conducted as part of the plan.
"There is an adequate supply," Riordan said of downtown parking spaces, noting both on-street parking and public lots in the area. "It's really a question of managing that supply so it's used efficiently."
Riordan said the university made tweaks to its initial plan after receiving feedback from city planning commissioners.
Meanwhile, entirely separate from the university planning process, the city is considering increasing fees at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center by 3.5 percent. If approved, that increase would become effective in July.
Like other municipalities, Forest Grove periodically raises rates and fees for services to make up for increasing overhead costs. The City Council unanimously approved a 3 percent increase to its power rates earlier this year.
Next Monday's City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St. The public hearings will occupy part but not all of the meeting.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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