The Corvallis City Council will hold a pair of public hearings on annexation proposals at its Tuesday meeting at the downtown fire station, 400 NW Harrison Blvd. The council is meeting away from its normal Monday slot because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
At 6 p.m. councilors will discuss a plan by Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, which hopes to use 17 acres north of its campus for medical offices and parking. The Corvallis Planning Commission, at its Dec. 6 meeting, unanimously recommended council approval of the project, which has sparked little discussion.
At 7:30 p.m. councilors will review the Caldwell Farms Annexation, which would add 16.45 acres of land west of the West Hills Road-53rd Street roundabout. A general land use plan submitted by the developers includes 90-plus housing units as well as an assisted living center. The Planning Commission backed the annexation on a 6-1 vote at its Dec. 20 meeting.
The proposal drew strong opposition from neighbors. Key concerns were traffic and safety on West Hills Road, wetlands issues and whether land for housing is really in such short supply in Corvallis. Also, residents said it makes no sense to develop the Caldwell Farms site when the owners of the Alberti and Taylor properties on either side have no plans to develop their rural acreage.
Deliberations for both annexation proposals are scheduled for the Feb. 5 council meeting, which will open with a public hearing on city annexations policy. The city has sent all land acquisitions to the voters since passing a measure that authorized such elections in 1976. However, a state law signed by Gov. Kate Brown in 2016 limits voter-approved annexations. Corvallis has been challenging that law in court but is considering withdrawing its appeal.
In other public meetings:
• The Corvallis Housing and Community Development Advisory Board meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 SW Madison Ave.
• The Community Relations Advisory Group meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Madison room. This is a new date and time for the community-city-Oregon State University panel, which works on livability issues on the near-campus neighborhoods. The group is scheduled to discuss its meeting structure and possible subcommittees that would handle some of the group’s work.
• The Corvallis Arts and Culture Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1310 SW Avery Park Drive.
• The Corvallis Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the downtown fire station. No public hearings are scheduled. Commissioners will discuss the statewide planning goal that pertains to transportation and hear a report on the city’s transportation system plan update.
• The Corvallis City Council meets in a 4 p.m. work session at the Madison room. On the agenda are the annual report of the library advisory board, a report on the transportation system plan update and a discussion of the mayor-council budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
• The Corvallis Parks, Natural Areas and Recreation Advisory Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown fire station.