As new 20-unit apartment complex set to break ground, city planners review plans for more single-family housing

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A construction worker build homes in the Dutch Canyon subdivision of Scappoose. More single-family and multi-family housing is also likely to add to the citys housing inventory soon.Developers haven't stopped eyeing Scappoose, and city planning staff say they are reviewing an application for a new 16-lot subdivision.

The development, called the "Urie Subdivision," would border Southeast 6th and Southeast Elm streets, with single-family detached homes.

Preliminary site plans submitted to the city March 12 show nine parallel lots with small yards, separated by a street with an additional six home lots. An additional lot would house a community mailbox facility and water utilities.

The plans were submitted by Cascadia Planning and Development Services, based in Silverton.

City Planner Laurie Oliver said the site plans are "still in completeness check right now," but she expects the city's planning commission to review the project proposal sometime in May.

Last year, the city commissioned a housing needs analysis, which was completed by ECONorthwest. The analysis revealed housing stock in Scappoose is largely single-family homes.

"Scappoose's housing stock grew by about 28 percent (more than 550 new units) between 2000 and the 2011-2015 period," HNA documents state.

About 82 percent of the city's current housing is single-family housing, and even with the prospect of more multi-family housing developments, like duplexes, triplexes and even higher density lots on the horizon, the city still lacks many resources for renters.

"Opportunities for rental housing in Scappoose are limited, given that nearly half of renters live in multifamily housing and limited multifamily housing has been built in Scappoose since 2000," the analysis states. "There may be opportunities to encourage development of a wider variety of affordable attached housing types for homeownership, such as town homes."

The Urie Subdivision does not propose town homes. The average square footage of the proposed homes was not included in plans submitted to the city.

While the Urie Subdivision doesn't solve the city's need for apartments, another development planned for East Columbia Avenue might.

The Lufkin Apartments were approved last year, and plans for construction are currently in the engineering and building review phase, Oliver said.

"I think they will be in construction within the next month or so," Oliver noted. The apartment complex consists of 20 new units — 16 two-bedroom units and four studio apartments.

Planning officials are also in talks with a developer interested in siting a new mixed-use building on a vacant gravel lot across from Scappoose City Hall near Northwest 1st Street.

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