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Sedona neighbors ponder next move

Troutdale council will vote on settlement Tuesday

TROUTDALE - Residents of the Sedona Park neighborhood met with city officials earlier this week to discuss their options.

After battling a proposed 19-unit condominium development for months, they are trying to determine what to do next.

The neighbors fought against the proposed condos development because they could generate as many as 118 car trips a day through their enclosed 51-home neighborhood.

Rather than continuing with what could have been a costly legal battle with developer D.A. Grey, who appealed a council decision to the Land Use Board of Appeals, city officials chose to pursue a settlement.

'We really appreciate the council members and the mayor who have been there to protect existing neighborhoods,' said Sedona Park resident Kristy Curletto.

The council will vote on the proposed settlement Tuesday, Dec. 12.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, a group of residents met with Troutdale Mayor Paul Thalhofer, Councilor Barbara Kyle, City Attorney Marnie Allen and Development Director Rich Faith to talk about what the settlement means for them.

In exchange for ditching plans to build 19 condos in favor of nine single-family units, Troutdale has offered to make a series of three payments to the developer.

'The city is paying (the developer) $300,000, and they have asked for our help in doing that, but there is no obligation to us to do that,' Curletto said.

After reviewing a drawing of the proposed homes, the neighbors offered up a number of suggestions as to how they would like to proceed.

'We're due to have another neighborhood meeting amongst ourselves to find out how much we can come up with,' Curletto said. 'One of the options that we're discussing is buying a portion of that parcel, reducing the number to eight houses.'

Several residents expressed an interest in turning the extra space into a park.

'I think that has merit,' Thalhofer said of the idea to include some park space within the site. 'I think it was a very fruitful discussion.'

However, the neighbors have not had enough time to come to a decision about whether they want to pursue buying part of land, and it is unknown whether Grey is even willing to sell, Curletto said.

'We told the city that we were happy with the nine houses, of course that is better than the 19 units,' she said, but a number of decisions still need to be made regarding the future of the site.

Ideally, the neighbors would love to purchase the entire property, or work with Metro or other area agencies to have it preserved as green space, but they do not feel those are feasible options within the given timeframe, Curletto said.

If councilors approve the proposed settlement, they will have until June 1, 2007, to approve the plans for the nine-single family homes at the site, north of the Sedona Park neighborhood.

If they fail to do so, Grey will be allowed to pursue construction of the original 19 units that were planned for the site.

If you go

What: Troutdale City Council considers resolution approving a settlement with developer D.A. Grey and a final order approving the proposed Tyson's Place condominium development on remand from the Land Use Board of Appeals.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Where: Council chambers, Troutdale City Hall, 104 S.E. Kibling Ave.

For more information: Call 503-665-5175.