The Lake Oswego Development Review Commission gave the go-ahead Monday to replace an existing grass field at Lakeridge High School with an artificial turf surface.

The unanimous vote to adjust the field's conditional use permit moves the long-debated project forward in favor of school officials and athletes, who have pushed for a new artificial turf field for years.

Various hurdles, including sign installations, code adjustments and complaints, have drawn out the approval process.

A number of neighbors vocalized their concerns at public forums organized by Lakeridge Principal Mike Lehman.

In the past year, Lehman has worked to create positive relations between the school and nearby residents, who argued an extra field would amplify traffic and parking problems.

Monday's decision also comes three months after the DRC agreed to renew the school's permit on its adjacent athletic field, which is already covered with artificial turf.

Superintendent Bill Korach called the second field approval a 'real success story for this community.'

About 50 supporters of the field project, including students, attended the public hearing.

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