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Sandy shares urban growth expansion plans with residents

City projects future need for 330 acres for development

The city of Sandy had some good news for Boring resident John Boyles last week.

During the first of two public workshops presented by the city’s planning department, officials revealed that 46 acres owned by Boyles are among the properties being considered for inclusion in a potential urban growth boundary expansion. That’s just what Boyles wanted to hear, given that he bought the acreage for the purposes of investment and development.

“We want in,” Boyles said. “I’ve already been in (to the city) and took a letter in saying we want in.”

About 30 people attended the first meeting, held Wednesday, March 2. The second meeting was Tuesday, March 8. Both were at the Sandy Public Library community room, and offered attendees a chance to hear from city planners, view maps of existing land within the urban reserve area and ask questions regarding the possible urban growth boundary expansion.

Tracy Brown, Sandy’s planning director, explained some of the background of the city’s urban growth boundary. The current boundary was previously altered in 1997, when the Bornstedt Village area south of Highway 26 and west of Bornstedt Road was added.

Then in 2015, the city adopted an urbanization study that projected Sandy’s 2024 population is on track to be 14,377 people with 6,648 jobs. By 2034, the study projects those numbers will jump to 18,980 and 8,763, respectively. To support that growth, the city predicts it will need about 330 more acres. There are an estimated 1,900 acres in the city’s urban reserve area.

Brown said the city projects a need for 277 acres of low-density residential land, 4.5 acres of medium-density residential land and 51 acres of commercial land.

Brown displayed maps that divided properties in the urban reserve area into 20 parcels. The urban reserve area’s general boundary is Southeast Kelso Road to the north and Southeast Trubell Road to the south. If a parcel is added to the area inside the urban growth boundary, it does not automatically become part of the city. That involves a separate process of annexation.

Brown overlaid those maps with diagrams that showed the factors that might affect why the properties would or wouldn’t be a good fit to add to the urban growth boundary, such as zoning, existing power lines running through the property, the cost to provide sewer and water service, transportation and the parcel size.

“It makes sense that we would be looking at properties that are closer in that are easier to serve,” Brown told attendees.

But Brown said the city is looking at every property in the urban reserve area, and that no land outside the urban reserve area would be considered at this point.

Next up, city planners will work through June to refine their analysis, develop a recommendation and present it at a planning commission public hearing this summer. Their findings will also go before Sandy’s City Council and the Land Conservation Development Commission later this year.

Boyles left the meeting feeling encouraged by what he had learned.

For more information, visit ci.sandy.or.us/UGB-Expansion/