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Corvallis Measure Would Expand City

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Corvallis voters will soon be asked to decide whether they want to expand city limits.

Measure 02-87 is a proposed annexation on 49th Street near Southwest Nash Avenue. If it passes in the November election, nearly 10.5 acres would be zoned for low density housing.

Some neighbors living on 49th Street say they are opposed to building on what is now a pasture. But supporters say the city needs more family housing and this is a good spot for it.

“This property is very unique for Corvallis,” said the owners’ representative Jim Boeder. “It has no natural features that have been deemed to be protected – either wetlands or woodlands on the property.”

According to the 2011 Census, almost two thirds of people working in Corvallis commute from outside the city’s limits.

“I think to create a sustainable community in Corvallis, we need to have the people who are working here living here,” Boeder said. “For people to be driving back and forth from Corvallis to work – it’s just not a very sustainable model.”

Opponents say the new homes still wouldn’t be affordable. If the measure passes, owners say the would like to build 40 to 60 family homes in the $300,000 – 400,000 range.

In a letter to the City Council, Corvallis resident Violet Campbell expresses her concern: “This annexation will destroy what is left of the rural or country feel of this area,” she wrote.

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