Panel favors substantial increase in housing for future neighborhoods
When presented with three choices for the design of future Wilsonville neighborhoods to the east of Stafford Road next to Meridian Creek Middle School, the Wilsonville Planning Commission generally favored the option that would bring the most housing.
While the Frog Pond Area Plan outlined about 1,300 homes in the Frog Pond East and South neighborhoods (near the new homes under development in the Frog Pond West neighborhood to the north of Southwest Boeckman Road) when it was adopted in 2015, the commission expressed a preference during a meeting Wednesday, June 8, for an option that would include a projected 1,803 dwelling units — including a significant amount of middle housing (duplexes, triplexes, cottage clusters etc.). These neighborhoods were added to Metro's urban growth boundary in 2018.
The 2015 plan called for about 1,300 homes, but it was completed prior to both the Wilsonville City Council's stated commitment to bringing more affordable housing options to town as well as state legislation designed to address the housing crisis in Oregon. Staff asked the commission to consider all of these factors in providing direction. City Council has the ultimate choice as to the layout of the neighborhoods, but often relies on the Planning Commission's feedback.
The option the commission preferred would place the most dense housing (such as condos and apartment buildings) in the center of the area and near the neighborhood park and commercial area. More dense housing would account for 36% of the overall stock.
Other options the commission considered included one that would add approximately 1,583 units, about half of which would be middle housing or smaller single-family homes. Along with middle housing, it would also have a similar amount of low- and high-density abodes.
This option would collocate the commercial center, a neighborhood park and Frog Pond Grange Hall, thus creating a central hub for the area along Southwest Frog Pond Lane.
The final option would disperse such neighborhood destinations and bring a projected 1,389 dwelling units, including a fairly even breakdown between mainly single-family homes, middle housing and housing types like apartments and condos. This option (like the option preferred by the commission) would locate the commercial center along Southwest Brisband Lane (more toward Southwest Boeckman Road along Stafford Road), which developers had expressed a preference for due to its potentially higher commercial viability.
"If the Brisband alignment is better for commercial development, that's where we should put it. I want to make sure it's commercially viable first and give it the highest probability of success," Commissioner Ron Heberlein said.
The commissioners generally liked the idea of having neighborhood destinations be more dispersed rather than mostly located in one area.
The city is slated to finish master planning for these neighborhoods by the end of 2022 and the commission will discuss the topic again during a July meeting.
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