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.
This IGA, which was delayed when Tualatin failed to approve it late last year, 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 seen as 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.
In turn, the three cities agreed to compose a second IGA outlining how they would work together during future development processes.
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.
West Linn passed the motion to intervene, and Lake Oswego will make a similar consideration at a date to be determined.
"We are proud to stand with our neighboring cities in support of our regional master planning that we believe is necessary," West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod said. "Cities will determine what the nature of our communities looks like in the future."
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