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King City grows by five acres

Residential site is off 131st Avenue south of the Highlands


After several public meetings over the past few months that drew big crowds to debate a proposal to annex a 4.8-acre parcel into King City and reduce the zoning designation, the King City City Council on Sept. 4 finally approved the two ordinances 5-0 in a room full of empty chairs.

Both an Aug. 7 King City Planning Commission meeting and Aug. 21 City Council meeting were packed with people as interest has grown in the proposed development just south of the Highlands. Prior to that, Steve Brown, the owner of Timberland Homes who proposed the changes, spoke at other community meetings.

Brown, who has constructed the Castle Oaks developments in the same part of town as the newly annexed area, proposed annexing 4.8 acres, located between 128th and 131st avenues south of Dickson Street, into King City, and changing the zoning from Washington County R-15 (multi-family residential) to King City R-12 (12 residential units per acre).

The R-12 designation allows attached or detached homes, and there is a 35-foot height limit.

Dickson Street forms the southern boundary of the Highlands off 131st Avenue, and Highlands residents in particular raised concerns about spill-over traffic from the development cutting through their neighborhood.

Now the ball is in Brown's court to put together a development plan and present it to the King City Planning Commission. If the Planning Commission approves Brown's plan, the project proceed; the City Council will hear it again only if there is an appeal of the Planning Commission decision.