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County plans workshop for North Bethany development

Goal is to make 800-acre site into desirable community

Washington County's Department of Land Use and Transportation will host a design workshop in mid-May for people interested in how the North Bethany area will be developed.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon May 19 on Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus Events Center, 17705 N.W. Springville Road.

It will be a chance for area residents to share ideas about the future of the 800-acre area north of Springville Road between 185th Avenue and the Washington County border.

The area was brought into the urban growth boundary three years ago and could be shaped as a new community with homes of many types, shops, parks and schools.

The North Bethany Concept Plan, expected to be complete by this fall, will establish a vision and framework for the area. The project team has laid the groundwork with goals and objectives. Now the public is invited to weigh in on alternatives.

Sketches include potential locations for neighborhoods, local shopping, parks, open space, roads, trails and civic spaces.

The workshop will also feature a young person's art contest with the theme 'What is your favorite thing about your neighborhood?' Art supplies will be provided at the open house.

Material for the workshop will be posted on the project Web site, www.bethanyplan.org, along with a form allowing people who do not attend to participate.

County planners are working on annexation plans within the urban growth boundary, which could be phased in during a 12- to 15-year period for implementation.