Developer proposes large housing development
The Newberg Planning Commission will hold a public meeting June 28 on proposed housing development Kings Landing, where Newberg developer Del Boca Vista is proposing to subdivide 15.4 acres into 76 lots ranging from 3,060 square feet to 6,495 square feet for single family homes.
Kings Landing is a part of the original 25.66-acre Dutchman Ridge development project, located at North Valley Road and Chehalem Drive, that was approved for annexation in September 2017.
Subsequently, Del Boca Vista broke the parcel into two separate projects, Dutchman Ridge and King's Landing. The two developments encompass a total of 127 lots. If approved, the developments will be built in phases.
Kings Landings' 15.4-acre parcel lays east of a stream corridor and within the western portion of the larger development. Entry will be from North Valley Road and Taylor Drive will be expanded through the developments and end in a cul-de-sac. King's Landing will be developed first, with Dutchman's Ridge coming second.
According to development plans, 37 lots measuring 3,060 square feet will be lined along North Valley Road. Lots along the stream corridor and Taylor Drive will be larger, ranging from 5,000 to 6,400 square feet, with few a lots nestled in between a new road, Barbaras Way, and the stream corridor, varying between 3,800 square feet to 7,500 square feet.
Parking is designed to be on one side for lots along the new Barbaras Way, which provides a buffer to the stream corridor and the homes south of North Valley Road.
The wetlands in King's Landing required additional studies, which are waiting for approval from the Department of State Lands. The stream corridor runs through both Dutchman Ridge and King's Landing will be enhanced with new plantings and a redirection of the drainage way.
A conservation easement will be created to limit activity and impact on the wetland and stream corridor, while two pedestrian walkways through the stream corridor are needed to comply with the block perimeter code. The crossing will be a 10 foot wide concrete path and, according to the plan, "no significant trees or wetlands will be affected." This is in compliance with the planning department requirements.
A stormwater facility will be also installed at the cul-de-sac on Taylor Drive. An existing home located on the property will remain.
The city also required traffic impact studies for Kings Landing, Dutchman's Ridge and nearby Gracie's Landing. Dutchman Ridge has the go-ahead and Gracie's Landing is in the development stage now. Signaling or a roundabout will be needed at the intersection of Highway 219 at Foothills Drive as it has been estimated that a total of 362 trips a day will enter and exit out of King's Landing.
"Del Boca Vista is likely to do some grading this summer, but will not grade in the wetlands," Jessica Cain of Del Boca Vista said. "(At) Dutchman we will work mostly on the earthwork and Gracie's is happening now."
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First Federal Community Rewards program noted
First Federal's community rewards program recently recognized volunteer efforts for April and May. First Federal pays $2 for each hour of volunteer time up to a maximum of 10,000 hours and 250 hours for each organization that participates. Throughout Yamhill County, more than 66 nonprofits participated to share in $20,000. Ten of the nonprofits are in the Newberg/Dundee area: Dundee's Woman's Club, Friendsview Retirement Residents Assistance Fund, Love INC, Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity, Newberg Charitable Organization, Newberg FISH, Providence Newberg Health Foundation – Community Connections, Soroptimist International of Chehalem Valley, First Presbyterian Church community dinner and Zion Lutheran Church.
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