The Sherwood City Council approves annexing 2.21 acres of property into the city, something now required under state law.

COURTESY OF THE CITY OF SHERWOOD - The Sherwood City Council has approved the annexation of 2.21 acres of property in the Brookman Road area into the city of Sherwood. The Sherwood City Council has approved the annexation of 2.21 acres of property in the Brookman Road area into the city of Sherwood. The council voted unanimously to approve a resolution July 25 approving the annexation, held over from the last meeting because of a need for a unanimous vote.

Brookman Road is an east-west street to the south of the city limits that intersects with Highway 99W. It sits in unincorporated Washington County.

According to city staff, the applicant plans to develop a residential subdivision consisting of 12 single-family detached homes. Based on the city's zoning code, it's anticipated that approximately 10-14 lots may be able to be created through a future land use application.

While it's difficult to estimate how much each new home in the Brookman area will contribute to the city's tax base once annexed, the city's most recent budget document shows that a $300,000 home has an average annual property tax of $5,672, according to city officials.

Two people spoke shortly before deliberations.

Eugene Stewart questioned whether the city is keeping up with a dated comprehensive plan that he believes mentions a 60 percent residential to 40 percent commercial makeup of the city, pointing out that it takes less tax dollars to support commercial property.

At the same time, Naomi Belov spoke out against the annexation, pointing out that the Willamette River, the city's water source, isn't limitless and noting that voters had three times previously turned down requests to bring parcels of property near Brookman Road, into the city.

However, during deliberations, council members again stressed they are not fans of being forced to annex the property but pointed out their hands are tied because of state law. Mayor Krisanna Clark pointed out that the Oregon Legislature in 2016 removed the right to allow citizens to vote on most annexations.

"Once we lose the vote at the state level, we have been superseded," she said.

In making a motion to approve the vote on annexation, Councilor Jennifer Harris, added that she was recommending approval "because we don't have any other options."

In April, the council reluctantly approved annexing 92.3 acres of land in what's known as the Brookman Addition Concept Plan. That annexation included 88.22 acres of private property consisting of eight tax lots and included 4.08 acres of adjacent Brookman road right-of-way.

In the past, Brookman Road annexation debates have been larger, and more controversial. Annexations requests have gone to Sherwood to voters three times previously and failed. Those included a 2011 measure requesting the annexation of 258 acres; a 2013 measure asking for 97.5 acres; and a 2015 measure for 102 acres.

Although the requested parcel is small, City Manager Joe Gall previously pointed out he expects another request to annex a property in the Brookman area to come into the city soon.

Tigard/Tualatin Times editor Dana Haynes also contributed to this report.

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