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Campus Crest Appeals Zone Change Denial

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Campus Crest developers are appealing a decision the Corvallis Planning Commission made in October, hoping the City Council will allow them to build student housing in the northwestern part of town.

Campus Crest applied for a zone change on a piece of property off Harrison Boulevard in the Witham Oaks area that would allow them to build medium-high density housing. Currently, the property is zoned for low-density housing and for open space.

In October, the Planning Commission voted 4-3 not to recommend the zone change to the City Council, which will make the final decision.

Monday night, the council met to hear the applicant’s argument for appeal and also heard additional public testimony. Though most people testified in opposition to the zone change, others argued that Corvallis needs more student housing and that the project would create more jobs.

“It’ll create approximately 250 temporary construction jobs, and an undetermined amount of permanent jobs,” said Kevin Dwyer in his testimony.

Others in favor say there is a shortage of student housing in Corvallis, and though this project isn’t a permanent fix, it is a good direction to start heading.

But many others argued that the development site is a bad idea.

“The advantages of a large student development near the western edge of the city do not outweigh the disadvantages,” said Corvallis resident Ann Brodie, who also chairs the League of Women Voters.

Brodie argues that Harrison Boulevard is unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists, and cannot support any more traffic. Others in opposition to the zone change say Corvallis is in need for more low-density housing rather than student housing.

The City Council will make its final decision on Jan. 6. Residents can still submit written testimony to the Planning Division by 5:00 pm on Dec. 9 at: City of Corvallis Planning Division, P.O. Box 1083, Corvallis, OR 97339. Residents can also drop off their testimony at the Corvallis City Hall.

 

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