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Planning Commission clears way for 59 new homes

The Estacada Planning Commission cleared the way for 59 new homes to be built in Estacada, all extensions of housing developments already underway.

At a meeting, Thursday, July 23, the planning commission recommended the Estacada City Council approve a new 32-lot residential housing development that will be an extension of the Regan Hill development currently under construction.

The 32-lot subdivision southeast of downtown was approved in 2004, but never built. The lots in this new development will be around 5,500-6,000 square feet, which is similar in size to what is already being built.

The Estacada City Council has scheduled the final public hearing and a vote on the new 32-lot subdivision for Monday, Aug. 10.

Another 27 new homes will be built in phase two of the Timber Ridge subdivision as a result of a time extension of a plan that had already been approved. The planned development is located north of the intersection of Northeast Cascadia Ridge Drive and Northeast Currian Creek Drive and is adjacent to the Cascadia Ridge development.

The time extension on this 41-acre phase two of the Timber Ridge residential plot runs through July 8, 2017. The Commission asked Chris Godell, with the AKS Consulting firm if the two-year extension would be sufficient.

“We hope so,” he said.

Developers are allowed two, two-year extensions.

It isn’t unusual for developers to ask for extensions in their land use applications when developing a large property such as phase two of Timber Ridge.

“Who is going to build the homes, how big they’ll be, the prices, all that has yet to be determined,” Godell told the Estacada News prior to the commission meeting on the phase two time extension.

Online marketing materials for phase one of Timber Ridge say home prices will start in the $200,000 range.

In other business, the Commission also discussed an application by D. L. Designs to partition a lot at 32710 S.E. Darrow Road into three parcels. The parcels would be two 8,000 square-foot lots and one 7.7 acre lot.

But, the Commission determined they needed more information and postponed a decision until a future meeting, when additional information could be reviewed.