Three-city Stafford plan will face legal challenge
The West Linn City Council voted unanimously March 4 to participate in a Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) case that challenges the three-city intergovernmental agreement (IGA) regarding future Stafford area development that was finalized earlier this year between West Linn, Lake Oswego and Tualatin.
The new IGA states that no city can complete a concept plan or apply for urban growth boundary expansion into any part of Stafford until the state's I-205 widening project has been designed and fully funded, with construction scheduled to begin in two years or less. It further states that the portion of Stafford north of the Tualatin River cannot be concept planned or requested for UGB expansion for at least 10 years.
Tualatin was the city named in the appeal, which was filed by the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Portland and David W. Marks. The other two cities had the option to intervene in the case, according to West Linn City Attorney Tim Ramis.
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