Wilsonville wants input on 500-acre future residential area

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The 181-acre Frog Pond area, shown here at its southeast corner at Boeckman and Stafford roads, is one of the keys to Wilsonvilles future supply of residential housing. It’s still mostly open fields with a handful of scattered residences dating back many decades.

But the 181-acre Frog Pond Planning Area nestled between Stafford Road on the east and Boeckman Road on the south is envisioned by Wilsonville as the city’s next major residential development. Depending on the final concept plan, it could feature up to 1,000 single-family homes over the next two decades.

This summer is a pivotal point in the area’s development. City planners and consultants are busy crafting a draft concept plan both for the Frog Pond Area and the adjacent 316-acre Advance Road Planning Area that will put those plans into motion. But before that work is finished, an extensive public outreach effort also will be undertaken.

“We’re rolling forward,” Wilsonville Long Range Planning Manager Katie Mangle told the city council at a July 21 work session.

The Angelo Planning Group of Portland is currently developing the concept plan. Consultants are carrying out online surveys, establishing a new website and planning to hold an open house later in the fall.

Meanwhile, a city task force has been convened to give the project strategic direction. This group comprises four to six property owners, another four to six Wilsonville residents, including some who also work in Wilsonville, one or two rural property owners or residents, three Wilsonville planning commissioners and several city council members.

The first of several public open houses now is planned tentatively for October, and a final concept plan could go before the council by April 30 of next year.

The project will result ultimately in a blueprint for both the Frog Pond and Advance Road areas, as well as pave the ground for the future inclusion of the Advance Road area within the city and Metro’s urban growth boundary.

The planning schedule is driven by an intergovernmental agreement between Metro and the city tied to a $341,000 grant that is paying for the involved planning work. It calls for the completion of a final concept plan by April 30, 2015. If the city wishes for the Advance Road area to be included in the next round of regional urban growth boundary decisions, however, a concept plan for that sub-area will need to be completed by March 2015, according to a city staff report.

When it comes to public utilities to the area, it is expected, Mangle said, that stormwater would be detained onsite instead of being piped into the city’s existing network.

Sewer and water, meanwhile, will be tied in with existing trunk lines serving the east side of the city.

Stormwater will be detained in those areas not suitable for development — and this is actually the majority of the Frog Pond/Advance Road area in its totality. According to preliminary surveys, of the 495 combined acres in both areas, only around 240 of those acres are buildable.

“240 buildable acres is what we’re planning for, and those 240 buildable acres are chopped up into many lots,” Mangle said. “The high parcel-ization of the area is one of the big challenges.”

Some councilors asked if there might not be at least some small-scale commercial development in the area in the future; if nothing else, they suggested, such development could serve the immediate residential areas quite smoothly.

Mangle agreed.

“The possibility of small-scale commercial is a very viable thing for Frog Pond,” she said. “It’s not a guarantee that it will definitely work, but the idea is to talk about it and think about it as a neighborhood amenity and a service.”

In the fall planning staff will come back to the council with three alternative Frog Pond development plans for the city’s planning commission and council to evaluate. These will include cost estimates. After that, further community input on those alternatives will help select a preferred alternative before the end of the year, Mangle said.

By Josh Kulla
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