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District vying to get land in urban growth boundary

Hearing could yield decision on districts Advance Road property


A Metro hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 10 is the next step for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District’s petition to add a 40-acre parcel of property to Metro regional government’s urban growth boundary.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: METRO - A decision is expected as early as Oct. 10 regarding the addition of a 40-acre parcel of land to Metros urban growth boundary.The property, located off Advance Road on the east side of Wilsonville, eventually could house both a primary and a middle school, according to WL-WV Director of Operations Tim Woodley. Under the terms of a previous agreement, once the property is inside the UGB, 10 acres would be deeded to the city of Wilsonville for use as a city park.

The school district petitioned Metro in June to add the property to the UGB. Three citizens provided testimony at that hearing, with two expressing concern but not necessarily opposition to the petition and one speaking against it based on compatibility issues and the belief that the district could use other property it owns to build the new schools.

Following the June hearing and a review of the district’s proposal, Metro’s hearing officer recommended approval of the district’s UGB petition with the condition that the site be developed only for schools and park use.

A decision could be issued immediately following the Oct. 10 hearing, which will be held in Portland. Although the public is welcome to attend, only those who have previously provided comment will be allowed to speak.

“My expectation is that they will have the hearing and make a decision at that time,” Metro Planner Tim O’Brien said. “Then we submit the information to the state, and if any of the parties, such as the people who testified, want to appeal they could to the land use board of appeals.”

The district purchased the property in 2003 in anticipation of future growth. A new middle school will be the district’s priority.

Wood Middle School, which is located next to Boones Ferry Primary on the west side of Wilsonville, is the most crowded of the district’s three middle schools. Wood has close to 700 students and has been using portable classrooms since 2007. The district’s enrollment figures predict more than 300 additional middle school students will move to the Wilsonville area in the next few years.

Plans for constructing new schools will be contingent on the passage of a new capital bond within the school district. Funds from the district’s current bond, passed in 2008, are nearly fully spent or committed. That bond will expire at the end of the current school year.

The Oct. 10 hearing will be held at Metro’s council chambers, located at 600 NE Grand Ave. in Portland. Learn more about the UGB at oregonmetro.gov.




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