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Vote coming on Cedar Mill Wal-Mart plan

Council will decide fate of Save Cedar Mill appeal

Beaverton's City Council votes tonight on a proposed Cedar Mill Wal-Mart.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive.

The Beaverton Valley Times will publish results of the vote shortly after the council's decision on this Web site.

The vote will decide the fate of an appeal filed last month by the anti-Wal-Mart citizens group Save Cedar Mill of the June 1 city Board of Design Review's approval of the 152,308-square-foot store to be constructed on about nine acres at the busy intersection of Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard and Barnes Road.

The council heard two evenings of testimony on the project July 10 and 11. The public information on the project fills two cardboard file boxes.

Developer PacLand of Milwaukie proposed the Wal-Mart as part of the Town Square Too project. Design board members imposed 76 conditions on the project, including a requirement that PacLand pay an estimated $2 million to widen the Cedar Hills Boulevard/Barnes Road intersection to nearly eight lanes, with two pedestrian islands near double right-turn lanes and bicycle lanes along the sides.

It could be one of the widest intersections in the state. Pedestrians would have around 20 seconds to scamper more than 80 feet from one side of the road to the other.

Save Cedar Mill has worked for nearly 18 months to block the store, claiming it would hurt the region's economy and lead to massive traffic headaches.

A traffic mitigation plan reported that the site would generate about 7,400 vehicle trips each day, or 3,700 trips to and from the Wal-Mart site.

PacLand's architects and traffic engineers said the project's impacts were within accepted development plans for the region and nearly matched those proposed in the 1999 Peterkort master plan adopted by Washington County.