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City begins looking at future inclusion of Sherwood West

The city of Sherwood is asking residents how they would like to see growth occur in a 1,300-acre portion of land outside the city limits that’s being referred to as Sherwood West.

In the next 14 months, the city will develop a preliminary concept plan to determine how future housing, schools, parks and neighborhood commercial uses would fit inside the parcel, which is generally located north of Chapman Road, west of Elwert Road and south of Scholls-Sherwood Road.

As part of the project, the city will soon form a Sherwood West Community Advisory Board to help guide those plans through a long-range planning process, according to Brad Kilby, city planning manager.

Recently, the city sent out a letter to the 750 property owners who own 120 tax lots within Sherwood West, which is now part of the mandated urban reserve area. State law requires cities to provide a 20-year land supply.

“If past trends continue, several thousand people will move to the Sherwood area over the next 20 years, part of a larger regional growth,” Kilby wrote in his letter to property owners. “We know that communities that plan for growth have the best chance of managing their destiny, and to fail to plan means that we plan to fail.”

Kilby said the idea in planning Sherwood West is to have a “community conversation about managing growth for current and future populations.”

Sherwood Community Development Director Julia Hajduk said Metro, the area’s regional government, will not expand its urban growth boundary into areas without concept plans.

“It’s not going to result in development right away,” she pointed out. “Then, before any development can occur, it has to be annexed.”

Most likely, annexations of Sherwood West would be in parcels over a period of time with the entire area not completely coming into the city for as long as 50 years, said Hajduk.

What makes the Sherwood West process unique is that while the Bookman Road concept plan is earmarked for residential development and the Tonquin Road concept plan is slated for future employment opportunities, Sherwood West doesn’t have any specific designation except to meet future urban needs, said Hajduk. Planners stressed too that they don’t have a pre-conceived idea of what the area will look like.

The planning of Sherwood West is being funded through a $221,139 grant from Metro as well as a 10 percent match of $24,500 from the city.

Kilby said the Sherwood West Community Advisory Board will be comprised of as many as 19 members, including representatives from the property under study, city residents, members of city boards or commissions and others.

“Then there’s also going to be a technical advisory committee,” said Kilby. “We’re forming them (both) at the same time.”

Visit sherwoodoregon.gov/sherwoodwest for more information.

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