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Developers to appeal Forest Grove rejection

Developers for the Gales Creek Terrace project are appealing the Forest Grove Planning Commission’s rejection of plans for a proposed 191-home subdivision along Gales Creek.

Voting 6-1 last month, planning commissioners said they were troubled by developers’ requests for smaller front yards and shorter-than-usual driveways, as well as limited space for on-street parking and trees to line sidewalks.

Commissioners also disliked the prevalence of small, single-family homes in the proposed development, given that most of the area is zoned for higher-density, multi-unit housing.

Developers had until Aug. 27 to appeal the decision to the Forest Grove City Council, which will take up the issue at its Sept. 8 meeting.

The council previously approved the developer’s request for a zoning map that lowered the density on the west end of the proposed development in order to create a buffer zone at the edge of the high-density area.

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