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Earlier this month, the city of Dundee hosted a meeting with the Chehalem Park & Recreation District to discuss a handful of relevant topics

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - CPRD and the city of Dundee continues to discuss the future of the Sander Estate property on Fifth Street.

Earlier this month, the city of Dundee hosted a meeting with the Chehalem Park & Recreation District to discuss a handful of relevant topics. The agenda included discussion about the Sander Estate property, riverside district parks and improvements to Billick Park.

"It was an informational meeting from the city of Dundee," Bart Rierson, president of the CPRD board of directors, said. "They've had some meetings locally for what the community wants with the Sander Estate and we also had some discussion about their waterfront plan and the parks they'd like to develop."

After it gathered feedback from the public on what to do with the Sander Estate, the city presented its findings to CPRD. Now, Rierson said, CPRD is preparing to develop a master plan, which will take up to two years.

There was also discussion about how further development of Billick Park might coincide with development of the Sander Estate. The properties are located in close proximity to each other on Fifth Street.

One of the newer and more prescient pieces of discussion was the future of riverfront properties. City manager Rob Daykin suggested putting together an intergovernmental agreement to use system development charges for development of parks on the waterfront.

CPRD would help construct parks on the donated land. The idea, Rierson said, is to build parks that people can walk to without crossing heavy traffic areas.

"They've just started talking about development for that area," he said. "If they do that, they'll ask the property owners who want to develop that property to donate some land as part of the application process to develop there."

Rierson said the meeting between CPRD and the city of Dundee was "refreshing" and "productive," pointing to the desire of both sides to get these projects done and done well.

"It seemed like a really positive meeting," he said. "Both groups seem to want to work together to accomplish the common good. It's nice to have a couple different agencies that work so well together."


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