Troutdale approves new 216-unit apartment complex along 242nd
After two years of trying, a developer has cleared the final legal hurdle to build an apartment development on an empty lot at the intersection of Cherry Park Road and 242nd Avenue in Troutdale.
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Troutdale City Council approved an application from Sheldon Development for Eagle Ridge Apartment Homes, which will comprise nine, three-story apartment buildings totaling 216 units.
The council had effectively prevented the development earlier this year when councilors voted 5-2 on June 12 to tentatively deny a comprehensive plan map amendment, zoning map amendments and two variances for two adjoining properties totaling 8.82 acres, and those zoning alterations were required to build apartments in the land designated for single-family homes.
The City Council first shot down a similar proposal by Sheldon Development requesting zoning alterations in 2016.
The zoning alteration decision on June 12 was tentative because councilors were required to cite specific legal zoning criteria for the denial, and the councilors' primary objection was the developer's lack of a timeline to build traffic improvements.
Sheldon Development appealed the council's decision. After a hearing on Aug. 28, the council reversed course, voting to approve the zoning amendments with a few restrictions.
One of the new requirements is Sheldon Development must construct traffic improvements by December 2020 — or before any apartment can be leased.
During meetings regarding the zoning variances, residents crowded the Kellogg Room of the Troutdale Community Policing Center (where the council meets), and most citizens voiced strong opposition for allowing apartments on the land.
The citizens cited traffic increases, overcrowding in the Reynolds School District with the ensuing enrollment increase and a negative impact to home values.
After the City Council voted to approve the apartment proposal on Oct. 23, Troutdale Mayor Casey Ryan said citizens' input did influence the development.
"A lot of that public testimony did not go for nothing," Ryan said. "The project is a lot better for it — even if it's not the outcome you were hoping for."