Company gets approval for sales office and model homes
by: Barbara Sherman KING CITY IS GROWING — Pacific Community Design planner Stacy Connery shows King City Planning Commission members what finished homes in Polygon NW Edgewater on the Tualatin will look like, while Keith Liden, lead planner for PBPlaceMaking who acts as the city’s planning staff, looks on.

Polygon Northwest Company got a green light from the King City Planning Commission on July 27 to proceed with its plans to start developing lots it purchased in Edgewater on the Tualatin.

Legend Homes, which originally developed the subdivision, filed for bankruptcy in June 2008 and later emerged from bankruptcy to resume building homes until its bank took over the remaining lots.

The owner of the property is listed on Polygon's narrative and compliance report as OREO Corp., care of Key Bank Asset Recovery, and Polygon completed the purchase at the end of June.

Planners Stacy Connery and Jim Lange of Pacific Community Design attended the planning commission meeting, and Connery presented skeches of what the new homes would look like.

Polygon applied for a temporary use permit for a sales office on lot 194 and model homes on lots 195-197 and 178 and 179 in the Edgewater No. 2 subdivision; in addition, it applied for temporary parking areas on lots 202 and 203 of the No. 2 subdivision.

All the lots are located north of Fischer Road; lots 178 and 179 are on the east side of Tempest Way, while the other lots are located west of 136th Terrace, south of Sebastian Lane and east of Cordelia Terrace.

Polygon also asked for variances from the King City Community Code to allow a sales office, which is not "… designed to be a permanent residence" plus model homes for a two-year period instead of the maximum one-year period allowed in the code.

"Variances have been granted on one or two other applications for temporary sales offices," said Keith Liden, lead planner for PBPlaceMaking who acts as the city's planning staff. "We're supporting the application because of the size of the subdivision and the economy. We recommend approval with one change for the hours of operation from 9 to 5 to 9 to 7.

"These lots are located far enough away that construction shouldn't be disruptive to the neighbors."

Connery told the commission members that she agreed with the staff report, and they voted 5 to 0 to approve the temporary uses and variances.

City Manager Dave Wells noted that excavation and concrete pouring could begin immediately, and later in the week, Polygon got the OK for its variance for the sales office and the parking area adjacent to it for two years.

The company is proceeding with construction of the models and has a total of 22 permits in process.

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