WL mayor hopes Stafford IGA will be OK'd in February
Near the end of 2018, West Linn and Lake Oswego thought they had a deal.
The two cities voted in favor of a three-party intergovernmental agreement (IGA) laying out parameters for the future development of the Stafford area and they expected the third city, Tualatin, to follow suit.
Instead, the Tualatin City Council arrived at a 3-3 stalemate with outgoing Mayor Lou Odgen leading the charge against the IGA in its current form. The agreement would have to wait until 2019.
Midway through January, the Tualatin council — which is now led by Mayor Frank Bubenik — had yet to take further action on the IGA, but West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod said he was confident the vote would take place in early February.
"I have met with the new mayor and discussed things," Axelrod said. "They will discuss it at their retreat at the end of this week, and will get it on their agenda for a vote in early February. I remain confident about its passage."
Bubenik voted in favor of the IGA in December, and Axelrod said the new mayor remained supportive of the agreement during their meeting.
This IGA is a companion to the five-party IGA between the three cities, Metro and Clackamas County that was signed in 2017.
The five-party agreement was a compromise, allowing Stafford to remain under Metro's preferred designation of urban reserve land — which can be incorporated into the urban growth boundary (UGB) within the next 50 years — while handing control of future development planning to the cities. As such, the three cities agreed to compose a second IGA outlining how they would work together during future development processes.
The new IGA crafted in 2018 stated 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 said that the portion of Stafford north of the Tualatin River cannot be concept planned or requested for UGB expansion for at least 10 years, though cities are allowed to begin plans as long as they're not formally adopted.
Ogden and other Tualatin councilors opposed the agreement because of the moratorium on planning, and because they disagreed with the provision stating that the cities could not make any decisions on jurisdictional boundaries until 2020.