They passed ballot Measure 02-87 by a wide margin 68 to 32 percent. This means a piece of property on Southwest 49th Street will now become part of the city.
Developers want to build 40 to 60 homes on what’s now a pasture. Opponents say they like the country feel of the area, but the developer says Corvallis needs more houses.
“People are now realizing that we have a major shortage of housing for people that work here. And as a result, there’s a lot of people that commute back and forth but aren’t able to live here,” said Jim Boeder, Property Owners’ Representative.
The 2011 census says that more than 60 percent of the people who work in Corvallis are living outside of the city limits. Developers hope to start building by the end of 2015.