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Open house scheduled for Basalt Creek project

BASALT CREEK CONCEPT PLAN PROJECT MAP - A map shows the agreed future boundary between Tualatin and Wilsonville, the cities seeking to eventually annex land in the Basalt Creek area. An open house will be held to present information on their plans on April 28.Residents and others curious about the Basalt Creek Concept Plan project will be able to learn more at an open house meeting later this month.

A public open house will be held at the Juanita Pohl Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 28. There will be information about the preferred land use plan, transportation networks, and parks and open spaces, among other topics of interest.

Basalt Creek is an area in between Tualatin to the north and Wilsonville to the south. It is included within the urban growth boundary, and both cities have expressed interest in annexing and developing land there — Tualatin mostly for residential use and Wilsonville mostly for industrial use.

After a lengthy process, the cities agreed late last year on a future jurisdictional boundary that will run along Basalt Creek Parkway, an east-west route to be constructed through the Basalt Creek area. The parkway will meet up with Southwest Grahams Ferry Road in the east, with plans calling for it to be gradually extended out to Southwest Boones Ferry Road and eventually Interstate 5.

Basalt Creek is at the center of a major road project getting underway this spring, which will extend Southwest 124th Avenue south from where it intersects Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road in west Tualatin, expand Southwest Tonquin and Grahams Ferry roads, and construct the first phase of Basalt Creek Parkway. A new water line will also be built. That project is expected to conclude in 2018.

One important consideration in Basalt Creek land use planning is the canyon that runs roughly north to south through part of the area. The canyon is considered environmentally sensitive, and a bridge will likely have to be built over it in order to extend Basalt Creek Parkway east to Boones Ferry Road.

Also undecided is how the area will be served by transit. At a joint meeting between the Tualatin and Wilsonville city councils, the idea of dividing the area by jurisdiction between TriMet and South Metro Area Regional Transit bus service was discussed, as was the idea of having SMART serve the entire area.

“I think what came out of that meeting is this is an issue we need to make sure we work through,” said Aquilla Hurd-Ravich, a Tualatin city planner who is involved with the project.

Hurd-Ravich said some new information will be presented at the open house about possible bicycle and pedestrian routes and amenities, including trails and parks.

Although the open house is in Tualatin, Wilsonville's planning staff will also be represented, she said.

The Juanita Pohl Center is located at 8513 S.W. Tualatin Rd.

By Mark Miller
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