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Lake Oswego, West Linn residents reach settlement in condemnation case

The city of Lake Oswego will be able to remove land-use restrictions from properties it owns around its water treatment plant in West Linn, allowing the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership to potentially use the lots for an expanded and upgraded drinking water facility.

Lake Oswego officials announced Thursday that the city reached a settlement agreement with 32 property owners in what is known as the "Maple Grove Plat" in West Linn's Robinwood neighborhood, thus ending condemnation proceedings that were under way.

The settlement enables Lake Oswego to use its properties on Mapleton Drive for an upgrade of its existing drinking water treatment facilities.

The city of Lake Oswego has had a treatment plant and pipelines in the city of West Linn for 45 years. The city moved to expand the plant after joining with Tigard to upgrade Lake Oswego's facilities to provide water to both communities. The water plant also provides a backup water supply to West Linn.

Lake Oswego owns four parcels on Mapleton Drive adjacent to its existing facilities but in a subdivision with plat restrictions. The plat conditions limit development to single-family homes and with fences no taller than 4 feet.

Lifting the plat restrictions from the four city-owned parcels will allow upgrading of the city's water treatment facilities to modern safety standards, provide pedestrian connection between Mapleton Drive and Kenthorpe Way and provide additional open space for neighborhood use.

The settlement, including attorney fees, was agreed to by property owners and city representatives and is subject to Lake Oswego City Council approval — as well as West Linn City Council approval of the conditional use permits for the treatment plant upgrade and new pipelines.

The West Linn City Council is set to make a final decision on the permits in February.




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