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Final Public Hearing Set For Independence Ugb

INDEPENDENCE -- Citizens will have an opportunity to comment on a proposed expansion of Independence's urban growth boundary on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at City Hall.

INDEPENDENCE -- Citizens will have an opportunity to comment on a proposed expansion of Independence's urban growth boundary on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at City Hall.

A joint public hearing, conducted by Polk County Commissioners and the Independence City Council, begins at 7 o'clock that night.

City officials are requesting a 269-acre expansion of the UGB for additional residential land, which will be west of 9th Street, south of 13th Street, and east of Talmadge Road.

Approximately 260 of the 269 acres will be on buildable land.

Adding another 43.5 acres for industrial land at the northwest border of the city's current boundary, and 41 acres for airport use just west of the Independence State Airport, are also included in the proposal.

If the UGB amendments are approved, the respective segments will be annexed under low- and mixed-density residential, industrial park and airport development zoning designations.

The expansion is needed to serve a projected population of 14,358 by 2029, according to a staff report from the Polk County Community Development Department.

The Independence Planning Commission and City Council have held a series of work sessions and a public open house to review updates to the city's comprehensive plan and the proposal to expand the UGB for more than a year now.

"This is the last chance to comment," said Shawn Irvine, Independence community development technician. "Then it moves on to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and they would officially approve it."

For more information: 503-838-1212 or www.ci.independence.or.us.

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