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Residents are unhappy that an alley next to their homes is the only access point for a new parking lot.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Some residents are concerned about the latest plan for developing the Villebois Village Center. A development proposal to build out the long-incomplete Villebois Village Center has been reviewed by the Wilsonville Planning Department and will soon be examined by the Development Review Board.

The proposal, which was submitted by Costa Pacific Communities and will receive a public hearing in front of the review board 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, includes three buildings with 143 market-rate housing units and 2,460 square feet of ground-level commercial retail space on lots in the center that have stood vacant for many years.

A similar development was tabled in 2019 after community members raised concerns about increased density, parking congestion and safety risk following a fire at a condominium complex in the planned community that year.

Developer Rudy Kadlub told the Spokesman earlier this year that he would add more parking to the development to respond to concerns from citizens, and a 24-space parking lot is part of the proposal. He envisioned retail facilities to include things like eateries, brewpubs, daycare centers and laundromats to sit below housing.

However, a group of 40 residents who live next to the proposed parking lot strongly oppose the plan. In particular, they are concerned that the only entrance to the lot would be an alleyway adjacent to their homes and that the lot would remove open greenspace.

"Strange vehicles would be coming and going and constantly shining their headlights right into the side of our house where we have windows and a full light door to our yard. Even though that space isn't our land, we have 'adopted' it and maintained/watered the plants there for several years," Katie and Ross Hayes wrote to the city.

Others don't think the lot will do enough to quell parking concerns. The city wrote that 167 off- and on-street parking spaces would be required for the development and 183 were included in the proposal.

"At the present time we as owners in the area often have a difficult time finding places to park, especially during the evening hours for our guests. People are parking on both sides of the streets creating only one lane to pass through. Because some areas do not have sidewalks it is very dangerous for our children walking on the streets," Patricia McKay wrote to the city.

Michel Sandlin, who submitted the petition, said in an interview that nearby residents would make their voices heard at the review board meeting and would appeal to Wilsonville City Council if the board approves the plan.

Sandlin added that the group is not against the idea of providing additional parking — it is against parking that gives the public close access to their back yards and garages.

"Many have said if this goes through, you can see a for sale sign soon," she said.

To read the staff report for the proposal, click here.


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