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Weigh in on what kind of community Forest Grove should be

As the Forest Grove City Council weighs a controversial downtown “luxury” apartment proposal, many people feel the city’s future identity is in question.

It’s a perfect time for the city’s annual town meeting, presented by Forest Grove’s Committee for Citizen Involvement.

To help residents consider what kind of city they want Forest Grove to be, five guest speakers will offer insight and perspective during the Saturday meeting at the city’s Community Auditorium from 9 a.m. to noon.

In 2010, organizers invited planning department managers from Tualatin and Sherwood to provide examples of a complete community (Tualatin) and a bedroom community (Sherwood).

Saturday, Forest Grove’s Community Development Director Jon Holan and Economic Development Director Jeff King will be joined once again by Tualatin’s and Sherwood’s planning managers, as well as Washington County Senior Planner Erin Wardell, who is studying growth projections in Washington County and estimates Cornelius and Forest Grove will grow by a total of 14,700 residents by 2040.

“For any community, especially for one that’s growing, there’s history — but there’s also new people and experiences and opportunities coming in,” said CCI Chairman Sebastian Lawler. “How can we respect the past and history but also create a town that’s moving forward?”

Participants will be able to engage with other people and offer their own feedback to the council, Lawler said.

“Washington County has seen incredible growth and our town is not going to be immune from that,” he said.

For more information, call 503-992-3227, or visit bit.ly/1nL2uCK.