Banks looking at expanding UGB

Planning Commission hopes public input can drive the process

The city of Banks is running out of land, putting the squeeze on anyone interested in building a new factory, store or subdivision.

But city leaders are looking to change all that by expanding the city's Urban Growth Boundary, the ring around the city that determines where developers can build.

Next Tuesday, March 25, the Banks Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to draw ideas from citizens about what new lands could be added to the city's boundaries.

In the next 20 years, population estimates expect that the city's headcount will more than double, from 1,435 today to 3,739 in 2030.

Since Banks isn't a part of Metro, it's expansion plans are largely a collaborative process between the city government and the state. The city's still in the early phases of that process and hopes to gather citizen input at the meeting next week that will inform any future steps.

City officials are currently aiming to complete the planning process for expanding its borders by April of next year, but that timeline could stretch depending on citizen input, scheduling and funding considerations.

How to participate:

The community meeting will be held shortly after 7:30 PM at City Hall, 100 South Main Street, Banks, OR 97106. Oral and written comments can be submitted to the Planning Commission during the meeting. Alternatively, written comments may also be submitted to the city recorder at Banks City Hall prior to the meeting and no later than March 24, 2008 by 1:00 p.m. For more information, interested parties can contact City Recorder Jolynn Becker at 503-324-5112.