On Monday, Jan. 4, the Wilsonville City Council made effective an ordinance that continues an existing ban within city limits on the sale and production of both medical- and recreational-marijuana products, including medical marijuana-processing sites, medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana producers, recreational marijuana processors, recreational marijuana wholesalers, and recreational marijuana retailers. The ban is permitted under state law by House Bill 3400 (2015).The law further requires that the ban be referred to the voters at the next statewide general election in November 2016, if the state sanctioned ban is to remain in effect thereafter.
The City Council also held two public hearings and approved ordinances that amend the City’s Zone Map from a “Public Facility” to “Village” zoning designation for two parcels of land located in the central area of the Villebois neighborhood. The zone change by home-builder applicant Polygon Homes Northwest seeks to permit construction of 132 row houses. The first planned development, Brookside Terrace, includes 50 row houses on approximately 3.2 acres located northwest of SW Villebois Drive North between SW Costa Circle West and SW Berlin Avenue. The second development, Camden Square and Royal Crescent at Villebois, includes 82 row houses located in the Villebois Village Center between Costa Circle and SW Villebois Drive. Both developments were previously reviewed and approved by the Development Review Board Panel A on December 14.
The City Council also held a public hearing and approved an ordinance that annexes into the City limits specific segments of SW Grahams Ferry Road and SW Tooze Road and also a 22-acre undeveloped property located within the Villebois Master Plan Area on the south side of Tooze Road. The City already has road authority for the road and is required to maintain it. The approved annexation is needed in part to allow the investment of urban renewal funds in the Tooze Road improvement project, which is currently being designed to widen and improve the western section of Tooze Road just east of SW Grahams Ferry Road. A portion of the other property be annexed will be used, in part, for a public park area.
The City Council also held a public hearing and approved an ordinance that amends the City’s Public Work Standards to require: the use of warm mix asphalt for road improvements; changes to the storm water design standards; the use of iron pipes and fittings that are “made in the USA”; sanitary design changes to comply with the City’s odor code; and changes to the colors used to paint public and private fire hydrants to make identification easier and faster.
Under Communications, the Council heard a report from the City’s Auditor that found the City’s financial statements are “free from material misstatement” and conform to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, applicable state standards and also federal requirements. The Council also heard from 2015 Leadership Academy graduates, Lorie Loen and Kathryn Martinez-Gilbertson, who, along with others, hosted a Spaghetti dinner fundraiser in December raising over $1,100 in funds that they presented to Wilsonville Community Sharing board members.
Under Mayor’s Business, the Council recognized the City’s Public Works Delora Kerber in being elected as the 2016 President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association, also known as APWA, which represents 800 professional engineers, technicians, operations staff, public works directors, business people, contractors and consultants.
At the meeting the City Council also decided to continue a resolution regarding the adjustments to the sales price of a 10-acre surplus property that the City is selling to Polygon WLH LLC to the next City Council meeting that is planned to be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 pm.
At work session prior to the City Council meeting, the Council heard updates and discussed plans to expand SMART’s Compressed Natural Gas station, a proposal to study the City’s role in bringing broadband fiber to the community and a proposal to terrace the hill in Murase plaza adjacent to the plaza’s water feature.