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Former Oregon City Mayor Dan Fowler seeks zoning change along Beavercreek Road

Historic Properties LLC, owned by former Oregon City mayor Dan Fowler, is proposing a zoning change on more than 15 acres of highly visible land located between Maplelane Road and Highway 213 along Beavercreek Road.

A second Planning Commission hearing scheduled for Nov. 30 had to be rescheduled for Jan. 11 so that proper notice could be given to Metro.

Fowler recently bought the school district's transportation facility for $1.675 million and is now seeking approval for a zone change to "Mixed Use Corridor." Fowler said that Historic Properties has been assembling the land for nearly nine years by purchasing property as it came up for sale.

Why the mixed use corridor zoning? Fowler said that Historic Properties is hoping to build nine row houses, a 120-unit independent senior living facility, a 120 unit assisted living/memory care facility, a 90-to-100-room hotel and a 20,000 to-30,000-square-foot medical facility.

“We’re trying to develop this as a cohesive project where the different uses fit with each other,” Fowler said. “The more we looked at the location, the more we thought that the area is ready for some kind of assisted senior living facility, a hotel or a small number of live-work sites. Those aren’t solid; those are just ideas.”

Since retail has a large impact on traffic, Fowler said that he wanted to propose uses that would be lower traffic impacts. He added that the proposal includes a self-imposed ban on retail and a cap on the 168 evening rush-hour trips that would be generated if the current residential zoning were built out.

Low- and medium-density residential zoning currently on the site would allow Historic Properties to build 107 homes. Current zoning would allow 78 of the proposed lots to be on about 3,500 square feet of land each; the other 29 houses would be built on lots averaging between 6,500 and 10,600 square feet.

Several hundred thousand dollars would have to be set aside for traffic improvements to develop Historic Properties' proposal, Fowler said, with a possible traffic circle and additional turn lanes. Through new sidewalks, Fowler hopes to connect the neighborhoods to Newell Creek Canyon.

"The new local street within the subdivision will be built with sidewalks, and they will connect to existing sidewalks along Beavercreek Road and allow future connection to trails and walkways when the adjoining Metro park (Newell Creek Canyon) is developed," Historic Properties said in its application.

At a Nov. 9 hearing, Christine Kosinski of unincorporated Clackamas County raised several issues with the proposal.

"There is no infrastructure in the Beavercreek corridor to support the huge amount of development the City is proposing in this area," Kosinski said. "Any widening, any grading or cutting into the slopes could trigger landslides."

Geotechnical analysis of this potential hazards by Hart-Crowser indicates that the site has a low potential to be impacted by Newell Canyon's ancient landslide; there is a moderate chance of localized stability problems related to the headscarp of the deep seated landslide area. Fowler said that the potential landslide risk is only on a small portion of the backside of the property and could be mitigated through proper engineering and construction of the new buildings.

In 2014, the Oregon City School Board voted unanimously to approve the sale of the district's current transportation facility and authorize construction of a new facility on High School Avenue. OCSD’s more than 65 school buses and various maintenance vehicles will move in 2016 to a 25,700-sqaure-foot facility currently under construction on 10.5 acres next to the Oregon City High School on Beavercreek Road.

The current transportation facility, a former rural school at Maple Lane Court, is the hub for more than 65 school buses, maintenance vehicles, a fueling station and the district's transportation department.