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Site work, demolition to start at ‘Pheasant Run’

Written July 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In a matter of days, construction crews will start tearing up the ground in North Albany where Hayden Homes plans to develop a 147-lot subdivision it calls, apparently without irony, “Pheasant Run.”


Another look at those big oaks

Written June 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

On a ride around North Albany the other day, I took another look at the site of the Pheasant Run subdivision the city council approved last month over the objections of neighbors who testified at a public hearing. When the subdivision proposal was announced in February, I took photos that showed the trees in winter. […]


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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