State agency affirms King City's boundary expansion
The Land Conservation and Development Commission has unanimously affirmed Metro's expansion of the urban growth boundary by 2,100 acres to support up to 9,200 new homes — more than a third of which could be built in King City as it continues to expand westward.
Metro approved the expansion last year. It's big news for King City, which applied for 528 acres — a swath of land west of city limits that it calls Beef Bend South — to be brought into the urban growth boundary.
The expansion had been challenged by two advocacy organizations, 1000 Friends of Oregon and Housing Land Advocates, for not guaranteeing enough units affordable to low-income groups, among other grounds.
The commission considered the challenges last month. The hearing included presentation by the four cities that requested the expansions: King City, Beaverton, Hillsboro and Wilsonville.
The commission agreed with the analysis by the Department of Land Conservation and Development that Metro did not have to prove the expansions complied with federal fair housing laws. But the commission also agreed that Metro is requiring the cities to include affordable housing in the developments, and that the commission could enforce the requirement, if necessary.
The commission's approval can be appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeals.
King City is planning for as many as 3,300 new homes in the Beef Bend South planning area. That's comparable to the River Terrace development just to the north, in Tigard.
The Beef Bend South area extends from King City west to Southwest Roy Rogers Road, bounded to the north by Southwest Beef Bend Road and to the south by the Tualatin River. It contains some 400 buildable acres of land.
Expanding the urban growth boundary doesn't automatically annex that land into King City proper. The city will have to go through a new process to formally bring the area into city limits and zone it for development.
King City's last major westward expansion took place in 2002, when it incorporated the 91-acre area known as West King City. That annexation was a major step in diversifying King City, officials say.
The city also annexed the Highlands in 2017, bringing the previously unincorporated neighborhood east of Deer Creek Elementary School into city limits.
Today, King City is split almost evenly agewise, between the 55-and-older residents that have long made up King City's core and residents younger than 55, including children.
Editor's note: Due to an editing error, a version of this story that appeared in the September issue of the Regal Courier contained a factual error regarding King City's demographics and African American population. The African American population of King City is less than 1%, although people of color, including those identifying as Hispanic or Latio, make up about 17% of the city's population altogether.
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