The city was the lone holdout on an intergovernmental agreement with West Linn and Lake Oswego

REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - A three-party intergovernmenatal agreement was approved by the Tualatin City Council Monday night for the Stafford area.The Tualatin City Council has approved moving forward with plans to sign a three-city intergovernmental agreement regarding the future of the Stafford area.

On Monday, the council voted 5-2 to enter into an agreement with West Linn and Lake Oswego to continue with concept planning in that area. Lake Oswego and West Linn city councils have aleady approved a Stafford IGA.

Last month, the council voted 3-3 not to proceed with signing off on the governmental agreement, allowing the measure to fail. However, the composition of the council has changed since then, with Frank Bubenik now serving as mayor and two new councilors, Bridget Brooks and Maria Reyes, sworn in earlier this month.

Leading the previous opposition to signing the IGA had been former-Mayor Lou Ogden, who listed a variety of concerns, not the least being a belief that no city could conduct preliminary planning, address transportation needs or determine who might have future jurisdiction in the varying parts of Stafford.

Specifically, Ogden objected to what he said was a prohibition from completing planning north of the Tualatin River for 10 years.

Signing the IGA doesn't prevent the city from discussing future areas of interest; it just prohibits seeking formal urban growth boundary expansion.

The next likely step is allowing the county to conduct a traffic infrastructure study using $170,000 worth of earmarked funds.

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