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Year in Review: Court decision affirms Scappoose UGB expansion

   After years of uncertainty following a legal challenge, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 28 that the city of Scappoose could proceed with a planned expansion to its urban growth boundary.

In 2011, the city approved plans to expand its industrial zoned land by 480 acres, with most of that land near Scappoose Industrial Airpark. The plans were contested by opponents, who said the city presented unrealistic projections for population and jobs growth when justifying the need for the UGB expansion. An appeal was reviewed by the state's Land Conservation and Development Commission, before the Court of Appeals affirmed the LCDC's determination that data used by Scappoose to determine the necessary expansion was sufficient.

Scappoose officials say having more available industrial land will spur economic growth in the near future.