West Hills Development Hearing Slated for Tonight

Tonight, City Councilors will conduct a public hearing on a proposed West Hills housing development – this one is for up to 90 units.

If approved, the 16.45 acre Caldwell Farm southwest of the roundabout on 53rd Street could be annexed, and then developed as medium density housing. Earlier, Councilors asked City staff to work out several concerns with the developer, for instance: traffic, wetland mapping, and the housing mix, given the surrounding neighborhood.

After some months, city staff are now recommending the council approve the plan. Because there have already been public hearings about the annexation, tonight’s hearing will be limited to the details of the proposal, rather than the annexation itself.

This fall, the city is expected to weigh in on a much larger 2,000 unit proposal in the same West Hills area. That development would replace a tree farm that is northeast of 53rd and West Hills. The same neighborhood in the last month has also become the site of a 21 resident homeless camp managed by a neighborhood church.

In other land use matters for tonight’s council meeting:

  • The council will vote on a second reading for a proposal to rezone 6 acres for high density at SW 53rd and Country Club Dr. The council already voted to approve the plan.
  • The council will review findings on a proposal by OSU to change open space and development allocations so it can build a dorm at 9th and Monroe. Councilors had already voted to deny the plan.

Scheduled for the downtown fire station at 400 Harrison Blvd., tonight’s meeting starts at 6 pm.

– By Andy Thompson