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Scappoose UGB plans move on

by: Stover E. Harger III

Ongoing efforts to grow the boundaries of Scappoose to support greater industrial expansion and a future rise in population continue as a proposal works its way to the state for consideration.

Those plans would grow the city's urban growth boundary to include an additional 378 acres, mostly around the Scappoose Industrial Airpark.

For over a year, city and county officials have worked through the necessary bureaucratic hurdles to bring their growth aspirations to reality. Scappoose City Manager Jon Hanken said the county finished their processes with the UGB application after the holiday. Now it is back in the city's hands, where Hanken said he plans to personally drive down the nearly 2,500 total pages of findings, reports and testimonies to state offices in Salem.

'Getting it back from the county took a little longer than anticipated,' he said. 'This is just getting it to the next stage of the process.'

And that may take some time, Hanken said, as state officials must then work through their own regulatory processes and sift through the thousands of pages of documents in the public record.

Throughout the early stages of the process, a vocal group of residents and land-use advocates criticized plans to expand the city in this fashion, saying a developer-funded economic analysis included faulty findings and questionable population projections.