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UGB objections are under consideration by state body

Land use — After an extended deadline, filed objections to an expanded urban growth boundary are under review


After a two-week extension, the deadline for filing objections to the city of Newberg’s request to add an additional 260 acres into its urban growth boundary has passed. Barton Brierley, the city’s planning and building director, said five objections were submitted. This means they are currently under review by the Department of Land Conservation and Development, which Brierley said can either render a decision or pass the decision on to the Land Conservation Commission.

One of the objections was filed jointly by the Friends of Yamhill County and 1000 Friends of Oregon.

The objection alleges that the city has overestimated the amount of land Newberg will need for industrial development and underestimated the capacity within the existing UGB that could meet those needs.

Sid Friedman, president of Friends of Yamhill County, said the expansion should be rejected because it includes some of the best farmland in the region.

“Agriculture is the No. 2 industry in Oregon and supports tens of thousands of jobs in Yamhill and Marion counties,” Friedman said. “Alternative areas that are by law a higher priority can reasonably accommodate Newberg’s industrial development and can do so in a manner that will cost taxpayers less and produce jobs sooner than the city’s proposed expansion area.”

He said as a result, the expansion area is too large.

Grace Schaad, who also filed an objection, agreed.

“In order to resolve my objection to the inclusion of high value farm land in the urban growth boundary of the city of Newberg for industrial development, the Department of Land Conservation and Development should remand the proposed UGB expansion with the instructions to remove the high value agricultural land, and direct the City to accommodate industrial development needs on land within the City, on land within the current UGB, on land within the current urban reserve area or on exception land,” Schaad wrote in her objection.

She alleges that Newberg passed over land already in the UGB that could serve the purpose of the expansion, but also land in the exception areas that could accommodate industrial development. She lists the area between Newberg and Dundee and the South Springbrook Road urban reserve area as an example.

Brierley said every claim in the recently filed objections has already been addressed in their findings.

“We’ve looked deeply into 27 locations and the one we selected is the only one that meets requirements of state law,” he said.

He said there is not a timeline set for the Department of Land Conservation and Development to render a decision.




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