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City sees good signs in building numbers

Level of activity is encouraging to city officials


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Bryan Brown, planning director, and Angeline Lehnert, associate planner go over plans and paperwork associated with an increase in Canby development projects.After years with very little new construction, Canby has seen a deluge of development applications. According to Bryan Brown, Canby planning director, things are starting to heat up in Canby.

“Now that the economy is recovering, pent up demand for housing, industrial space and retail has encouraged developers to seize the opportunity to launch major projects,” Brown said. “The proposals range across the board from single family subdivisions, close in townhomes, annexation requests and even a speculative industrial building.”

Brown said that during the past two weeks, the planning department has received five major proposals and three more are imminent.

“Staff is working diligently to review them and keep the momentum moving forward,” said Brown.

“Several projects will be under construction this year. This is a significant investment in Canby that reinforces what a desirable community it is.”

Economic Development Director Renate Mengelberg said the bevy of activity is a good sign for Canby moving forward.

“This level of investment is impressive and encouraging,” she said. “It will bring needed jobs during the construction period. It begins to fill a growing need for more industrial space and housing options at all price points for Canby residents. This is great news for Canby.”

Brown offered a summary of what is in store for Canby:

  • n In the Canby Pioneer Industrial Park — The Trend Businesses Center plans to add a 34,205-square-foot speculative building that could accommodate from one to three separate businesses. It will be located at 341 S. Sequoia Way. Construction is planned for this summer.
  • n There are several residential developments proposed -- Two major subdivisions are planned. The first is Phase II of Northwood’s Estates. The 10.3 acre property is bordered by Northwest 10th Avenue, 13th Avenue, North Grant Street and North Birch Street. The property is zoned R-1 and would allow 33 new home sites. The second proposal is by LES Inc. for Phase II of Dinsmore Estates. The property is located south of SE 13th Avenue, west of Tofte Farms neighborhood and 350 feet east of South Ivy Street. The property is Zoned R-1 and would allow 41 homes on 9.56 acres.
  • There is also a planned unit development subdivision for 15 townhouses developed by Jason Bristol. The three-story homes will be on 0.75 acres with 1,650 square feet of space and private two car garages. The development is close to downtown near the Clackamas County Event Center between Northeast Third and Fourth streets, just east of Locust.
  • A number of single-family homes are also planned or under construction leaving very few lots available on the market.
  • n Voters will have a chance to weigh in on two annexations on the November ballot. They include a 4.62 acre site located at 1546 N. Pine St. at Northeast 16th Avenue bordered by North Pine Street and the Logging Trail Road. The property would be zoned R-1 and will allow 19 homes sites. The second is an approximately 31-acre site between 13th Avenue and Baker Prairie Middle School, west of Logging Trail Road. This annexation is a joint partnership and could accommodate up to 162 home sites and a park with access to the Logging Road Trail.
  • n There have been a number of pre-application conferences, indicating more than passing interest in an expansion. These include preliminary proposals for a dog park, a remodeled and expanded McDonald’s restaurant, a cell tower and the extension of county fiber optic cable.
  • n The Village at the Lochs Phase II manufactured home addition is planning to resume construction on its 10-unit expansion this spring after approval of revised construction plans.
  • For more information, contact Bryan Brown at the city of Canby Development Services office at 503-266-0702.



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