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Basalt Creek joint work session canceled

'Postponement' agreed, with new date TBD


FILE - A view of Basalt Creek, an area of undeveloped land between Tualatin and Wilsonville, on the corner of Southwest Greenhill Lane and Southwest Boones Ferry Road.For now, an answer on just how to divide the Basalt Creek area is not forthcoming.

Tualatin and Wilsonville city officials canceled a joint council work session scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8, that was designed to give the two cities' leaders a chance to discuss a compromise on the boundary proposal for the area.

A new date has not yet been announced, said Alice Cannon, Tualatin's assistant city manager. She said it likely won't be set until at least mid-September.

“The concerns raised about Boundary Option 3 at Tualatin's Work Session last Monday … were enough for both Wilsonville and Tualatin officials to suggest a postponement,” said Cannon in an email on Monday. “This will allow both jurisdictions time to answer questions and work toward a boundary option that will be acceptable to both councils.”

Cannon and Aquilla Hurd-Ravich, Tualatin's planning manager, gave a presentation to the Tualatin City Council on Aug. 21 on Option 3, which was intended to bridge two earlier proposals — the first of which Wilsonville city councilors viewed as too favorable to Tualatin, and the second of which was dismissed by Tualatin city councilors as too favorable to Wilsonville.

While Option 3 was received favorably in Wilsonville, Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden and several city councilors at the work session said they could not accept it. They asked city staff to come up with a modified version that would give Tualatin more developable land for industrial use.

The Basalt Creek area, which is east of Sherwood, is seen by both Tualatin and Wilsonville officials as having significant development potential. But officials from the two cities have so far been unable to decide how to divide the area in a mutually agreeable way.

The councils of each city held a joint meeting in June. The Sept. 8 meeting at Wilsonville City Hall was intended to bring about a resolution on the boundary issue, but it now appears that any solution will have to wait longer.

In past discussions of Basalt Creek, Tualatin officials have indicated a preference for using their city's portion of the area to add new residential development, while Wilsonville officials have eyed industrial uses and high-tech business parks for the land. However, Ogden and others on the Tualatin City Council said last week that they do want some industrial development on Tualatin's side of the Basalt Creek study area, which they suggested could be built at its western end, north of Southwest Tonquin Road.

The Tualatin city councilors suggested Tonquin Road could serve as the dividing line west of Southwest Grahams Ferry Road in between the sections of the Basalt Creek area marked for Tualatin and Wilsonville respectively.

Wilsonville city councilors earlier rejected a boundary option under which Tualatin would have been entitled to the land north of the future Basalt Creek Parkway, which is planned to be built south of Tonquin Road.

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