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Damascus Considers Long-Term Development Plan

OPB | July 11, 2013 12:53 p.m.

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City leaders in Damascus will officially consider a long-term development plan at a meeting Thursday.

Damascus Mayor Steve Spinnett

Damascus Mayor Steve Spinnett

Rob Manning / OPB

It’s been about a decade since Metro brought Damascus into the urban growth boundary and it incorporated as a city. But city leaders are only now finalizing a state-required growth plan.

In the last month, the city has held more than a dozen hearings and collected reams of written testimony.

Some residents want their land opened to dense housing or business uses.

Julie Blew is among those arguing the other direction — for her neighborhood to change as little as possible.

Damascus residents turned out for a recent public hearing on the comprehensive plan and development code.

Damascus residents turned out for a recent public hearing on the comprehensive plan and development code.

Rob Manning / OPB

Blew said, “We moved there because it was a nice quiet beautiful neighborhood — big lots, nice homes, no congestion, and no commercial. And that’s the way we want it to stay.”

A binding vote on the plan is scheduled for next week. That won’t be the final word, though. State officials have to approve comprehensive plans.

And, Damascus voters will see the comprehensive plan on the ballot, this fall – along with another measure asking them if Damascus should dissolve as a city.

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