South Albany contains the largest remaining undeveloped industrial
and urban residential reserve lands inside the City's urban growth boundary--approximately
1,900 acres. The Project study area is bounded by
the City’s urban growth boundary on the south, Interstate 5 on the east, land developed to
urban densities on the north and Oregon Route 99E on the west.
The South Albany Area Plan (SAAP) will create an integrated land use and
transportation plan for the area. Preliminary visioning and conceptual work was done for the
Project Study Area as part of the "Balanced Development Patterns"
project (1999-2001). Further work was done in 2007 in the 2007 South Albany Area Plan/Oak Creek Refinement Plan. Each of
these studies envisioned a new vibrant mixed-use area with a village center, a greenway along
Oak Creek, public open spaces, a mix of housing and transportation choices and commercial and
industrial development. The SAAP will be implemented through amendments to the Comprehensive
Plan, Transportation System Plan, and Development Code.
The City seeks to create a vibrant new community that will be appealing to
residents and businesses seeking new sites. The project objectives stated in the grant funding
for the project are listed below.
- Identify feasible patterns of land uses that are consistent with the City's goals for urbanization and environmental protection.
- Consider the capacity of existing, planned, and needed infrastructure facilities to serve the new development in a logical and orderly manner.
- Identify transportation facilities needed for circulation of motor vehicles and people walking and cycling.
- Provide rail service to industrial properties by protecting existing and future right-of-way for service to industrial properties.
- Reduce reliance on automobiles for short trips within the area, and between the area and surrounding development.
- Prepare recommendations for Planning Commission and City Council consideration, including Comprehensive Plan and Zoning designations, plan and development code amendments, and facility standards to implement the Preferred Alternative for land use and transportation.
- Establish alignment and design standards for the Oak Creek Parkway to create a street that defines the southern edge of open space along Oak Creek, provides accessibility to parks and recreation facilities and that is integrated with surrounding development and other transportation facilities; prepare recommendations for low-impact development for environmentally-sensitive areas within the vicinity of Oak Creek.
11/19/12 – Planning Commission (1st)
11/27/12 – Planning Commission (2nd if needed)
12/12/12 – City Council Meeting
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