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Here is a look at a portion of the 16.45-acre property along Southwest West Hills Road that developers want to annex into the city. The plan is approved by the City Council and the voters a mix of housing would be built on the site

The Corvallis Planning Commission is scheduled to deliberate Wednesday on a controversial annexation plan for southwest Corvallis.

The Caldwell Farms Annexation, which might add more than 90 units of housing on a 16.45-acre plot on Southwest West Hills Road, will be the subject of deliberations at the downtown fire station, 400 NW Harrison Blvd.

Commissioners held a two-hour public hearing on the plan Dec. 6 but did not deliberate because of requests to hold the record open.

The Caldwell Farms proposal drew strong opposition from neighbors. A total of 10 individuals either testified or ceded their time to others. 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.

The Planning Commission will make a recommendation on the proposal to the City Council, which can elect to put it on the ballot in May.

Wednesday’s meeting opens with a public hearing on an application that would nullify a planned development overlay on 0.29 acres of property at Arnold Way and Northwest 26th Street. The applicant, Peter Seaders of Corvallis, hopes to use the property for high-density residential development.

In other public meetings:

Monday

• The Corvallis City Council meets at 6 p.m. at the downtown fire station, 400 NW Harrison Blvd. On the agenda are a discussion of possible new tools to crack down on criminal behavior in downtown and the parks, recommendations on housing issues from a city advisory board and election of a new council vice-president.

• The Corvallis School Board meets in a work session at 6:30 p.m. at the district office, 1555 SW 35th Street, to discuss its long-range facilities master plan. The district has been working on a school remodeling and building plan, which could cost about $200 million, that voters will pass judgment on in May.

Tuesday

• The Benton County Board of Commissioners will hold a pair of public hearings at noon in the county boardrooms, 205 NW Fifth St., Corvallis. The first will set a tax rate and election date for a proposed special road district in the Hidden Valley area, while the second will focus on proposed improvements for North Albany Park. (See page A1 for more about North Albany Park.)

• The Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board will meet at 5 p.m. in the Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis.

• The Corvallis King Legacy Advisory Board meets at 5:15 p.m. at Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Drive to discuss plans for the King celebration next month.

Wednesday

• The Corvallis Arts and Culture Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting room, 500 SW Madison Ave.

Thursday

• The Corvallis Parks, Natural Areas and Recreation Advisory Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown fire station.

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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