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Cornelius to add one park, thousands of people

Cornelius City Council members Monday night approved resolutions related to a new park, an economic opportunity analysis of the city, and development of a residential area inside the 325 acres of the city’s new eastern urban growth boundary.

In the last two months, city staff have been working with Holt Development of Vancouver, Wash., to create a development agreement for a new residential area that create as many as 1,000 homes over the next five years. The agreement includes transportation, water and street improvements.

The yet-to-be-named development would be bordered on the south by Ginger Street, with homes on South 18th Street, 19th Avenue, 19th Court and 20th Avenue. Main access to the new homes will be from Baseline Street on 20th Avenue.

Public comments will be taken before a final agreement is presented to the city council. Dates for those public hearings have not been set.

In other growth-related action, the council approved a resolution to create a new park on the east side of the city on property to be purchased from the Harvey family, which owns the Harvey Marine store in Aloha (think giant bunny statue on the T-V Highway) and used to store boats on its Cornelius property.

The 10-acre site is located on North 19th Avenue and has been appraised at about $1 million. The new park will be funded by nearly $300,000 remaining of the city’s “Local Share” funds from Metro, which approved a greenspace measure in November 2006 that included $44 million in funds to be “shared” by cities in the region. Metro will cover the additional $700,000 through other funds. The park is expected to be developed next year.

Metro also gave a green light to a $40,000 grant that will allow the city to begin an Economic Opportunity Analysis, including an evaluation of the city’s industrial land and employment needs.

The draft plan will include the creation of an Economic Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) by the end of April. The city’s planning committee will serve as the TAC for residential land needs. The timeline calls for the completion of a draft proposal by Sept. 30, with a final draft ready for approval by Dec. 31.