After hearing extended testimony calling for stakeholder input, Chehalem Park and Recreation District delays their decision by six days; HBA continues to push for a longer delay and the formation of a stakeholder group.
On June 23, Chehalem Park and Recreation District (CPRD) considered a proposed SDC methodology update that would increase their existing parks system development charge (SDC) from $2,017 per single family home to $13,459. CPRD maintains that they followed the legal requirements contained in the Oregon State statute that requires all interested parties be notified 90 days prior to any action taken on the proposal and that the methodology be made public 60 days before any action is to be taken. The HBA of Metropolitan Portland was only made aware of the update by a third party two weeks prior to the hearing. Additionally, the only prior public hearing held on this update, where the hired consultant presented the new methodology to the board, was attended by no other parties.
After hearing testimony from an array of interested parties, including HBA builders, engineers and developers, Chehalem Park and Recreation District agreed to delay a decision on the updated system development charge methodology to allow for the full board to be present during the vote – as the board president was unable to attend the meeting. Despite a unified request from all parties present for the formation of a stakeholder group to determine the right level of service and corresponding system development charge, they did not direct staff to convene such a group.
Among the parties delivering testimony was incoming Board member Lisa Rogers who will assume her seat July 1st. In her testimony, she concurred with others concerns that appropriate outreach had not been fulfilled. She expressed her desire that a stakeholder group should be convened to determine the desired level of service from the District and make a recommendation to the Board on what an appropriate fee should be. Members of the CPRD board indicated that a current board member deserved to have a vote on this issue in light of his prior involvement in the process, and declined to delay the decision past July 1st or to convene a stakeholder group.
Also put into jeopardy by the substantial fee increase is an upcoming sale of land which would allow the revitalization of the Spring Brook Master Plan. The successful sale of this land would provide a range of new housing in the area, including affordable, market rate homes to higher end executive homes. Representatives of the landowners were also present to convey to the board members that the full fee increase would make any sale of the land for residential development no longer feasible.
The next meeting of the CPRD board, where it has been indicated a decision will be made, will be Wednesday June 28 at 6 pm at 125 S. Elliott Road Newberg, OR 97132. The HBA will be present to reiterate our dissatisfaction with their process, the necessity of a stakeholders group, and the consequences the full increase will have on future new construction affordability. We encourage HBA members to attend the hearing; please contact James Adkins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.