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This piece of property northeast of the West Hills-53rd Street roundabout is being proposed for possible annexation into the Corvallis city limits. More than 1,000 units of housing could be built on the 118-acre site if the annexation goes forward and is approved by the voters.

An annexation plan that could add more than 118 acres of land into the city limits and add perhaps 1,000 housing units has moved to the Corvallis City Council.

The Planning Commission voted 4-3 late Wednesday night to recommend council approval of the Marys Annexation on a parcel north and east of the West Hills-53rd Street roundabout. Chair Jasmin Woodside, who only votes to break ties, cast the deciding vote after the other six commissioners split 3-3.

Commissioners Judy Ball, Rob Welsh and Paul Woods also voted in favor of the annexation plan. Opposed were Susan Morré, Jim Boeder and Tom Jensen.

The City Council will hold a special meeting Jan. 8 to consider the Marys Annexation. If the council approves the plan, it would go to the voters May 15.

The Marys Annexation property currently is used as a tree farm. Property owner David Lin hopes to get the parcel rezoned so a mix of apartments, townhouses, single-family homes and senior housing can be built, along with a neighborhood park. Most of the units would be apartments under a preliminary "general land use plan" submitted with the application.

Proponents of the plan cited a need for housing in the city. Opponents expressed concerns about traffic and the street network in the area.

Corvallis voters might pass judgment on as many as three annexation proposals on May 15. In its five-hour meeting Wednesday at the downtown fire station, commissioners unanimously approved a Samaritan Health Services plan that would add 17.3 acres to its property in north Corvallis for use as medical offices. Commissioners also reviewed the Caldwell Farms annexation, which could add approximately 95 units of housing to a 16.45-acre plot south of West Hills Road and west of the roundabout.

Because of requests to hold the record open, commissioners will not deliberate on Caldwell Farms until their Dec. 20 meeting.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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