Peterkort family to pursue mixed-use plan

A recent Land Use Board of Appeals ruling upholds the commercial zoning designation the Beaverton City Council approved last fall for the Peterkort family property that straddles Southwest Barnes Road north of Highway 26, effectively clearing the way for development plans.

The decision issued on May 23 denies an appeal by area neighbors who disputed the council’s zoning approach for 63 acres of property on six parcels the family successfully sought to annex between 2005 and 2011. The board ultimately supported the council’s interpretation in zoning the properties to city of Beaverton standards that “most closely approximate” preexisting Washington County parameters.

The council adopted the city’s Planning Commission zoning ruling in early 2012 and upheld its decision after the land-use board asked for a review of the process and public hearings last fall. At the board’s recommendation, the council agreed to amend the city’s development code to consider traffic impacts based on 1,899 residential units in the Peterkort property’s Sunset Transit Station zoning district.

“We have just concluded that the city did not improperly construe the ‘most closely approximates’ standard and therefore its decision is not subject to reversal or remand (under state guidelines),” the board’s latest ruling stated.

The decision effectively frees the property for residential and commercial development planning. J. Peterkort and Co. is considering plans for a mix of retail, office and commercial space in various combinations on the parcels.

Don Mazziotti, the city’s community and economic development director, said the ruling will further fuel a recent increase in development plans and construction projects in and around the city, including a proposal by Gramor Development for the 90,000-square-foot Timberland Town Center at Southwest Barnes and Cornell roads. The company announced Eugene-based speciality grocer Market of Choice would anchor the development with a 40,000-square-foot market.

“Now that LUBA decided (the city) wins the Peterkort case, we expect them to come in with their master development plan relatively soon,” Mazziotti said of J. Peterkort and Co. “That’s 64 acres of new development. It’s significant.”

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