City moving onto next phase of community visioning plan
The city of Newberg is continuing forward with its plan for the future as the next phase of the Newberg 2030 project progresses.
The city's Community Development Department received a $50,000 grant from the Department of Land Conservation and Development, which the city matched, for the next phase of the project, which began in 2015.
According to city documents, the "purpose is to evaluate the long-range land needs for the city utilizing the Simplified Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) method (Division 38) rules, which create a 14-year UGB horizon versus a 20-year UGB horizon from the "Traditional" UGB rules."
The project has five primary tasks. The first is to establish a study area and alternative locations. The second is to analyze the serviceability of the urban growth boundary. The third is to update the buildable lands inventory from the first phase. The fourth is to determine the need for residential land and mix of dwelling types. The final task is to determine the need for employment land.
According to city data, the project work has been "iterative since many of the tasks are interdependent and some work products such as the BLI could not be finalized until the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted technical fixes to the Division 38 rules. These fixes were adopted in January 2019, and the project consultant completed the BLI and calculated the residential and employment land needs for future growth. Other work has included a draft study area and a draft serviceability analysis. These tasks include analyzing lands 1 and 1.5 miles outside the City of Newberg to determine how suitable they are for future development and identify issues with providing public services to these areas. "
Based on the data, the city deems it has an adequate residential and commercial land supply to meet a 14-year need. However, there is a 40-acre deficit in industrial land.
"Staff reviewed the findings with the project consultant and DLCD staff and identified some issues with the methodology. These had to do with the Division 38 rules and use of assessor data for determining if land is vacant, partially vacant or exempt. DLCD staff recognized additional technical fixes may be needed to the rules and that the method may not work for cities the size of Newberg. It was determined that the city will no longer pursue an UGB expansion using the Simplified Method."
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