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LID formed to improve Tigard Triangle

A few properties have been eliminated from the LID, which will recontruct streets and utilities

TIGARD - After listening to concerns raised by property owners in the proposed Tigard Triangle Local Improvement District during a public hearing Jan. 22, the City Council had a change of heart.

It directed that changes be made to the proposed LID and that city staff get feedback on the changes from property owners.

The public hearing was continued to Feb. 26, when the council ultimately approved the LID 4 to 0 but not before several affected property owners requested financial breaks.

The Tigard Triangle is bordered by Interstate 5, Highway 217 and Pacific Highway, and Specht Development Inc., which has been working on the project for two years, submitted a petition to the city to improve sections of 69th Avenue, Clinton Street, Dartmouth Street, Baylor Street and 68th Parkway.

Removed from the LID, due to requests from property owners, were improvements to Baylor Street and 69th Avenue south of Baylor, plus a tax lot on the west side of 68th Parkway between Baylor and Clinton streets.

In addition, the sanitary sewer boundary was revised to include only the portion of the lots that can reasonably be provided with gravity service.

A median along 68th Parkway was removed from the LID, although the owner of a tax lot on the west side of the street who opposed the median will be required to install one as part of the conditions of approval when the property is developed.

The total project for the LID is now estimated to be between $2 million and $2.3 million instead of the previous $2.4 million.

The LID also includes curbs, gutters, sidewalks, streetlights, street trees, storm drainage infrastructure and undergrounding of overhead utilities.

In response to requests for financial help and/or tax breaks, City Engineer Gus Duenas explained that the city's financial burden would be too high if it agreed to help out property owners.

'We have to let the chips fall where they may,' he said. 'Whether the City Council decides to do something over and above that (what is already proposed) is something I think the council could consider. But I don't think we need to make that decision tonight.

'What I think you could do is… hold off on the assessment until the property develops, but that means the city is left footing the bill. On the other hand, when we do the assessments based on the methodology… then that discussion could take place once we know the exact price based on the bids.'

City Manager Craig Prosser noted that an LID places a lien on property, and 'if the City Council would decide to subsidize any of the assessments, we would tap the general fund to do that, and any lien would be less that amount, so there would be no way to recover it.'

Councilor Tom Woodruff pointed out that the city had already eliminated from the LID 'some of the folks who didn't want to be involved.'

Finally, Mayor Craig Dirksen noted that the LID 'has flexibility built into it, which has worked really well.'