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Council vote due on housing by Gales Creek

Neighbors await Monday's decision on Rau property

Months of deliberations, discussions and more than a few dust-ups could come to a head Monday in Forest Grove when city councilors have the chance to cast a key vote on a controversial proposal to build high-density housing along Gales Creek.

Earlier this month, the council heard heated testimony on the first step of the project, changing the zoning on a portion of the parcel, located west of B Street. The developer, LDC Design Group of Hillsboro, asked that the land, currently reserved for agricultural use, be rezoned to allow high-density housing. Neighbors, however, argued that the land is too steep and close to the floodplain for such intense use. The city's planning commission agreed, and recommended that the city zone the land for homes with larger lots.

Having heard the zoning proposal two weeks ago, the council now has the ability to vote on it Monday evening (7 p.m., Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St.). However, several other issues, including questions over the floodplain, will need to be resolved before the proposal can move ahead.