City of Corvallis invites participation in land use survey

The City of Corvallis is conducting a land use survey that will determine how the city will look and develop in the next 20 years. They are asking community members to participate before the end of November.

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 7:48 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2017 7:55 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The City of Corvallis is conducting a land use survey that will determine how the city will look and develop in the next 20 years. They are asking community members to participate before the end of November.

Jason Yaich, the Planning Division Manager for the City of Corvallis, said their population is projected to grow by about 10,000 new residents over the next 20 years.

"The Buildable Lands Inventory (BLI) and Housing Needs Analysis projects Corvallis will need to provide approximately 3,500 homes and apartments to support our growing population over the next 20 years," said Yaich.

He said the BLI and Economic Opportunities Analysis showed they need to find an additional 103 acres of land to support offices and commercial uses.

"As we plan our future, we need to identify new properties, new lands that can be either changed in terms of their use-type or expanded within the city in order to accommodate those uses," said Sarah Johnson, Senior Planner for the City of Corvallis.

Corvallis city planners said the last time that they looked at long-range planning was in 1998, something they do every 20 years.
The survey will help city planners answer questions like, "What should Corvallis look like in the future? What land use problems need to be fixed? What places should be preserved? What new opportunities should be created?"

To participate in the survey, click here

In addition to the survey, the city is holding the first of three public meetings for new annexation requests Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

"Historically, the city does not annex land without approval by the voters, and this voter-approval requirement is currently being challenged in the courts. Wednesday's Planning Commission public hearing will consider annexation of approximately 118 acres to be added to Corvallis land supply for mostly housing purposes, and City Council will consider this request in the upcoming months," said Yaich.

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