The city’s plan for an urban renewal district in South Corvallis is getting ready for its close-up.
The Corvallis City Council will meet as the city’s “urban renewal agency” from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday night at the downtown fire station, 400 NW Harrison Blvd. Councilors are scheduled to review the plan and decide whether to forward it to the Corvallis Planning Commission and the Benton County Board of Commissioners.
If the councilors choose to go forward, the Planning Commission will review the plan Oct. 3 and the council will hold a public hearing on it Oct. 15.
City officials and members of the technical advisory committee working on the plan held an open house Thursday night at the Walnut Community Room. Approximately 15 residents participated, a far cry from the more than 125 on hand at a session July 9 at Lincoln Elementary School in South Corvallis. Officials emphasized that since the entire city will vote on the plan should it move forward, it remains important to inform a wide swath of the community about it.
The proposal calls for a district of about 425 acres, with a boundary that consists of the railroad tracks to the west, the Marys River to the north, Rivergreen Avenue to the south and kind of a zigzag pattern near Highway 99W on the east side.
Key projects being considered by the committee include: $10.4 million for street design and improvements, $8.5 million for affordable housing, $7.5 million for a neighborhood center, $1 million for business support and enhancement, $680,000 for millrace restoration and other natural resources work, $670,000 for a new multiuse path connecting the Tunison neighborhood to Avery Park and $500,000 for planning and administration.
The district would spend $33.5 million in 2018 dollars over its projected 30-year run, with inflation making the 2048 total $62 million. Money is raised via tax increment financing, which diverts future property tax revenue increases from a defined area or district toward economic development and public improvement projects. City officials said that by using public-private partnerships, the $33.5 million can be "leveraged" into more than $190 million in total spending.
Also on the council agenda after the urban renewal session is a review of an amended ordinance on camping. The review is necessary because of a Sept. 4 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ruled cities cannot prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go. The appeals court, ruling in a Boise, Idaho, case, called such actions cruel and unusual punishment, which is unconstitutional.
In other public meetings:
• The Academic Strategies Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet by telephone from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to discuss the Marine Studies Initiative and other topics. The public can listen to the meeting in Room 207 of OSU’s Memorial Union, 2502 SW Jefferson Way in Corvallis.
• The Philomath Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 980 Applegate St. and will hold public hearings on an annexation request for 903 N. 12th St. and a design review for the Quail Glenn Subdivision.
• The Corvallis City Council will participate in an informational session on development tools at 3:30 p.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 SW Madison Ave. No votes will be taken or decisions made at the session.
• 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 and will deliberate on a land development code text amendment on the criteria for modifying a planned development.
• The Central Albany Revitalization Area (CARA) Advisory Board meets at 5:15 p.m. at Albany City Hall and will discuss downtown parking. The Albany Revitalization Area (ARA) meets directly afterward.
• The Albany City Council will hold a special session immediately following the CARA and ARA meetings to discuss a multifamily residential parking study.
• The Corvallis City Council meets in a work session at 4 p.m. at the Madison room. On the agenda are discussions of the transportation system update, right-of-way permits and council policies.
• The Corvallis Parks, Natural Areas and Recreation Advisory Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown fire station.
• Albany city officials will hold a budget development seminar at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of Albany City Hall. Finance staff will review various city funds, restrictions associated with expenditures and revenues within each fund, and anticipated trends; the role of the Budget Committee; and the budget guide for fiscal year 2019-2021.
• The Lebanon School Board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Santiam Travel Station, 750 S. Third St. Items on the agenda include updates on the district's search for a new superintendent, how the school district is using Measure 98 career and technical education funds, and work to date on a proposed alternative education program.