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Luscher plan to get public airing June 15

by: VERN UYETAKE A Luscher Farm site plan meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 on Wednesday at Lake Oswego’s West End Building. Plans will be presented by the consultant group MIG Inc. and public comments will be allowed.

An unveiling of the refined site plan for Luscher Farm will be held Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego.

This will be a crucial stop on the road to the final plan for Luscher area properties, owned by Lake Oswego but located outside city limits in West Linn. The plan will most likely be adopted in the fall by the Lake Oswego City Council.

The meeting will feature a presentation of the plan by consultant MIG Inc. to Lake Oswego's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, which will then discuss the plan and offer suggestions. This will be followed by a period of public comment.

'This meeting is very important,' said Ryan Stee, parks project manager for the city of Lake Oswego. 'This will be the first opportunity for the community to see the draft refined alternative, hear about the background of the site and provide initial input to PRAB before the plan comes back in final-draft form.'

Tremendous public interest about the plan has been expressed for months - at a design charette meeting, an open house and online - especially since the release of three preliminary plans on April 21. Stee is anticipating a large turnout for next week's session.

'We've heard from all kinds of different groups,' Stee said.

Opinions expressed have been friendly but strong from people favoring different uses for Luscher Farm, located in the Stafford area at 125 Rosemont Road, West Linn.

'There is significant interest in athletic fields and keeping existing uses such as urban farming and gardening,' Stee said. 'Also, there was a significant amount of people interested in trails for exercise and enjoying the site.

'About half the comments preferred leaving the entire area natural with farming and trails, and the other half desiring a combination of sports-oriented development along with natural area, trails and farming.'

The meeting presentation will include background information on the Luscher Farm site, including the requirements of the deed for the farm and the original reasons for the purchase of the farm by the city.

The meeting will be held in the Willamette Room of the WEB.

There will still be plenty of opportunity for public comment on the new Luscher Area Master Plan. Comments can be submitted online from June 20 to July 4 at www.luscherplan.org. For more information about Luscher Farm, visit the website www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/lusch

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