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Beaverton supports Tigard's request for Barrows Road connection

Beaverton is about to get a little bit smaller.

On Tuesday night, the Beaverton City Council moved forward with an agreement to surrender territory along Southwest Barrows and Scholls Ferry roads to the city of Tigard. A final hearing on the matter will be held on Aug. 9.

The city of Tigard requested this property withdrawal in response to a need to connect a section of rural land to its city for annexation purposes. Also known as Area 64, and now called River Terrace by the city of Tigard, the territory in question currently contains no businesses or residences. It was a property owner within Area 64 that first approached Beaverton's neighbor to the south about six months ago with an annexation request.

At Tuesday's council meeting, Beaverton Councilor Betty Bode noted that this land agreement is simply a good example of two cities looking to assist each other in any way possible.

According to one method under state law, a majority of property owners within Area 64 holding a majority of the assessed value, must agree to annexation. As it turns out, 80 percent of the area property owners, representing a total of 90 percent of the land held, were in support of the annexation.

The city of Tigard will consider its annexation request during an Aug. 23 meeting. If the land swap is approved by both cities, 30 days are required to pass before the ordinance takes effect. In this case, Tigard City Manager Craig Prosser says he believes it would make the most sense for annexation to take effect on Sept. 30.

Prosser said that Bull Mountain was ruled out as a possible 'corridor' for annexation purposes due to a heated history with the area.

Area 64 includes the land between the southern right-of-way line and the centerline of Barrows and Scholls Ferry. It is bordered on the east by Creekside Drive and the power line corridor, and to the west by the current edge of the Beaverton city boundary.

This land exchange would result in a total of 4.85 acres leaving Beaverton's city limits. However, the city of Beaverton will maintain traffic control over Barrows Road.

Meanwhile, the Tigard Police Department will take over services that are currently provided in the area by Beaverton's law enforcement team.

Because the area in question is not residential, school enrollment will not be affected. The area is and will continue to be within the Beaverton School District and Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District. It also remains in the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue service area.