County now sets May 23 to approve findings as an urban reserve, sign plan with three cities to lay out eventual development of 6,230 acres.

When Clackamas County commissioners meet May 23, they expect to reaffirm Stafford as an urban reserve — open to development in the next 50 years — and approve an agreement with three neighboring cities on how that process will unfold.

The commissioners were on the verge Thursday (May 11) of taking both actions, which would resolve a decade-long controversy. In the end, they decided to wait for city councils in Lake Oswego and West Linn to review and approve the final agreement.

Board Chairman Jim Bernard, who ran last year on a pledge to resolve the issue, had wanted to move ahead.

"This is worse than marijuana," Bernard said as the audience laughed. "It just keeps coming back to us."

He compared it with the still-unfolding consequences of Oregon's 2014 ballot measure legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

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