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Tigard council approves River Terrace comprehensive plan

Area is part of West Bull Mountain concept plan


The Tigard City Council on Dec. 11 approved a comprehensive plan amendment for the River Terrace area.

Tigard will be responsible for preparing a community plan for part of the area that was included in the West Bull Mountain Concept Plan completed by Washington County in 2010. The area includes the recent River Terrace annexation (formerly called Area 64, which lies southwest of King City) and urban growth boundary expansion Areas 63 and Roy Rogers West.

A community plan is a document that contains specific proposals for future land uses and public improvements in a given community. Typical elements found in a community plan include land use (zoning and regulations), transportation, public facilities and services, parks and natural resources, and an infrastructure financing plan.

Within the River Terrace Community Plan area, the River Terrace annexation into Tigard occurred in fall 2011, bringing a little more than 200 acres into Tigard at the request of more than 80 percent of property owners.

The owners are now waiting for the completion of the plan to obtain the urban services necessary for development of their properties, and Tigard has received a request for annexation from property owners in the remainder of the area.

The request will tentatively go before the Tigard City Council for approval Jan. 22. If the request is approved, the area will also be eligible for urban level development once the plan has been completed.

Darren Wyss, a senior planner with the city of Tigard, spoke at the Nov. 26 meeting of Citizen Participation Organization 4K (King City), about the development of West Bull Mountain.

"There will be 8,000 to 10,000 people in this area,” he said. “There are three community parks planned, so everyone can walk to a park, and there will be lots of trails."

Planning and getting permits take a long time, and Wyss said that the earliest that development could start on the site is in the spring of 2015, adding, "There's definitely political pressure to get this done."

There will be a variety of public involvement opportunities available to the community, including a series of community open houses throughout the process as well as a citizen advisory committee and technical advisory committee.

For more information, people may sign up for the project's email updates at www.Tigard-or.gov.