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Metolius approves first new subdivision


   A 47-lot subdivision -- Roy Heart Estates -- got final approval from the Metolius City Council July 10.
   Mark Pacheco, of Bend, plans to develop 12.5 acres, located north of Dover on the east side of Metolius, into lots ranging from 7,100 to 7,500 square feet, and selling for about $65,000 each.
   Pacheco's corporation, Metolius Land Development LLC, plans to build family-oriented homes ranging in size from 1,700 to 2,500 square feet, with a minimum of three bedrooms and two baths. The homes will be a mixture of ranch-style and two-story, but all will have a two-car paved driveway.
   "Whatever we do, it's going to look nice," Pacheco told the council. "We're going to set new standards for future subdivisions in Metolius."
   The subdivision will have a small park, sidewalks or rolled curbs, and 60-foot right-of-ways for the roads.
   The subdivision, the first in Metolius for years, is named after Roy Heart, a mayor of Metolius from 1952 to 1958. The city approved a planned unit development -- Martin's Commons -- in 1998.
   In other business, the Metolius City Council granted final approval to an annexation request by John and Catherine Avila, and Richard and Kathleen Avila to annex 38.2 acres on the south side of Ninth Street, between Metolius Market on the west and Columbia Drive on the east.
   The Avilas first requested the annexation in December of 1999, but were turned down numerous times. In a close, advisory vote in November of 2005, the city of Metolius voted to approve the annexation, and the city has reviewed the request at every monthly meeting since then.