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Newberg Urban Growth Boundary

Land Conservation and Development Commission Review

The Land Conservation and Development Commission opened a hearing on the director’s referral of the Newberg UGB on February 13, 2014. The commission received presentations and oral argument from DLCD, the city, and several objectors. The department posed a list of questions to the commission. The hearing has been continued to the commission’s March 2014 meeting.
The commission allowed the city until February 20, 2014, to submit a letter responding to arguments raised at the February 13 hearing. The city’s letter is available here.
The commission provided objectors until February 27, 2014, to respond to the city’s letter. The department received two responses:
The department provided the commission with a staff report on March 7, 2014. This report addressed the response letters and exceptions to the original staff report that had not been analyzed in previous reports.
On March 14, 2014, the commission voted to remand the task but asked the city to enter into mediation with the parties to see if a compromise solution could be reached. The case is currently under assessment for whether mediation is viable option to resolve the objections. At its May 2014 meeting, the commission suspended action on matter until March 2015 to allow the parties the opportunity to negotiate an agreeable solution.
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Exceptions to Staff Report

The deadline for filing exceptions to the DLCD staff report was Monday, February 3, 2014. The department received two exceptions as listed below. (NOTE: Some of these files are very large and may take some time to download.)
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State Review/Schedule

The process for state review of Newberg’s urban growth boundary (UGB) submittal is governed by Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) chapter 660, division 25. These rules provide timelines for action by interested parties and DLCD.

The director of DLCD had 120 days from the date of submittal to make a decision (OAR 660-025-0150(2)). The director may approve the submittal, remand it, or refer the matter to the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). On December 20, 2013, the director referred the submittal to LCDC for review at its February 13-14, 2014 meeting.
The director’s report to the commission is available here.
DLCD provided the commission with a supplemental staff report on February 10, 2014.
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The matter before the department is an amendment to the Newberg UGB to accommodate industrial land needs, adopted by the city and Yamhill County. The submittal includes:
·          A determination of the population and employment the region is expected to support in 2032
·          Analysis, findings, and conclusions regarding how much employment growth the region can accommodate within the existing UGB based on site characteristics
·          A determination of the amount of additional land needed to be added to the UGB, and
·          Analysis, findings, and conclusions regarding the appropriate locations for a UGB expansion.
The UGB amendment includes 260 acres known as the South Industrial Area. The city and county found that this area will satisfy Newberg’s industrial land needs to 2032. The South Industrial Area is located on the south side of Newberg near Highway 219, Wynooski Road and Wilsonville Road. The city found that the area includes 132 gross buildable acres; 129 buildable acres received a comprehensive plan designation of Industrial (IND), and three buildable acres were designated Public/Quasi-Public (PQ). One buildable acre (seven total acres) of land already in the Newberg UGB was re-designated from Medium Density Residential (MDR) to Industrial (IND).
The record for the UGB amendment is available below. These are large files and may download slowly.
            Findings report pp. 5703-5812
                        Appendix A: Economic Opportunities Analysis, pp. 5815-5903
                        Appendix B: Comprehensive Plan Text Amendments, pp. 5904-5909
                        Other appendices: pp. 5910-5995
            Yamhill County Ordinance 882, pp. 6006-6008
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