Oregon City considers annexation/zone changes for 92 acres to develop homes

The city of Oregon City's Planning Commission is looking at the developer's plan. (KATU Photo)

Rolling, wooded hills in Clackamas County could be incorporated into Oregon City in order to build new homes and mixed-use commercial space.

The 92 acres sit just northeast of Oregon City. On Monday, the city's Planning Commission reviewed a developer's annexation and zoning change proposal for the 14 tax lots.

The land sits south of Holcomb Boulevard and north of Livesay Road. On the north side is a newer development of homes and on the south side are large lots with seven homes.

Kent Ziegler told the commission he's been working since 2000 to acquire the land.

"It provides affordability and housing diversity. It's close to I-205 and Highway 213. So we're not impacting existing roads," Ziegler said.

Three lots would not be included in annexation and would remain part of Clackamas County, creating an island of county land inside of Oregon City.

Neighbors are concerned about losing the natural beauty, as well as construction and additional traffic.

"I mean this is a disaster plan. They need to come up with a better plan," said Lynnette Basiou during public comment.

The overall feel of the neighborhood would change, said Paul Nichols, who moved to Oregon City with his wife two years ago.

"Hopefully, it'll remain the way it is. Oregon City is a growing area. It's a nice community, and I would like to keep it the way it is right now, with a little bit of country and a little bit of city out here," Nichols said.

Ziegler said it would take several years to start construction.

Before any work is done, a Type III Master Plan must be approved. There are additional requirements to help fund road work.

The commission will continue the discussion on the project and get an update staff report on April 9.

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