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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Subdivider wins, ancient oaks lose

Written May 10th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

All of the North Albany residents who spoke were against it, but the city council Wednesday approved the Pheasant Run subdivision anyway. It didn’t have much choice, given that the planning staff had recommended approval on the grounds the development met all applicable criteria in Albany’s development code. Hayden Homes wants to build 147 houses […]


As for ‘livability,’ it doesn’t count

Written March 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

New Albany subdivisions have to meet six criteria in order to be approved. But there is no mention of preventing crowding, or congestion at rush hour, or saving wildlife, or anything else that comes under the admittedly vague concept of preserving livability.


Pheasants? NA subdivision filed

Written February 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Division has received a tentative plat for a 148-lot subdivision that would cover most of 47.5 acres of open field in North Albany and require the felling of 22 trees including three big old Oregon white oaks.


 
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