On Thursday, Jan. 21, the Wilsonville City Council held a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to make a substantial amendment to the West Side Urban Renewal Plan which is an area that includes the Villebois neighborhood and extends along Brown Road and further to the east to include a section of the Old Town neighborhood. The amendment increases the maximum indebtedness of the urban renewal district by $9.4 million to $49.4 million in order to complete a set of primarily road construction projects. This change to the plan was recommended to the Council by a citizen-empaneled task force as part of the Wilsonville Urban Renewal Strategy adopted in October 2014. A state law enacted in 2009 results in projected revenue-sharing starting in 2017 of a portion of the increase in property taxes from new development in the area with other local taxing jurisdictions, such as fire and school districts.
The Council held a second reading and approved a set of ordinances that amend the City’s Zone Map zoning designation for three parcels of land located in the central area of the Villebois neighborhood. The zone change requested by 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, 2015.
The City Council held a second reading and approved an ordinance that annexes into the city limits specific segments of SW Grahams Ferry Road and SW Tooze Road and a 22-acre undeveloped property located within the Villebois Master Plan Area on the south side of Tooze Road. The City already has authority for the road and is responsible of the road’s maintenance. 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 to be annexed is to be used, in part, for a public park.
The City Council endorsed a resolution approving the sale price of a 10-acre parcel of surplus property that the City is selling to Polygon WLH LLC for an approved purchase price of $4.90 million.
The City Council also held a second reading 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.
During the communications portion of the meeting staff and consultants presented the IT Strategic Plan Survey, which is a new initiative that seeks to guide the City’s Information Technology investments and actions over the next five years. Currently the project is in the “discovery” phase and is seeking input from community members until Jan. 31 via an online survey that is accessible at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/ITSurvey.
At work session prior to the City Council meeting, the Council heard updates and discussed projects and upcoming issues, including a review of the financially sustainability of the City’s Community Development Fund; a proposed garbage/recycling rate increase requested by waste-hauler Republic Services; the public-involvement process for the pending Transit Master Plan update; and the communications plan for the proposed recreation and aquatic center tentatively scheduled for the November 2016 election.