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New Welches residential subdivision in early stages posted on 03/01/2021

Clackamas County received a pre-application conference request on Wednesday, Feb. 3 regarding a partition/subdivision of nearly eight acres of land south of Hwy. 26 and to the east of Vincent Road, with Stage Stop Road near the southeast corner in Welches. The project could result in a 27-lot single family residential subdivision on the land, currently divided between two owners: Jeremy Zuidema, who owns 5.76 acres, and Jeff Goode, who owns 2.06 acres directly to the south of Zuidema’s property.

The land for the project is opposite another parcel of land on the west side of Vincent Road that was recently logged.

In an email to the Mountain Times, Zuidema stressed that the project is in the preliminary stages and aspects of it could change.

“We envision a community with a mountain feel, similar to houses on Bright (Avenue),” Zuidema wrote, adding that they anticipate the houses being between 1,600 to 2,500 square feet at a cost between $450,000 and $550,000 each. “We are considering other affordable housing options but need to discuss these ideas with the county planning (department).”

Ben Blessing, Senior Planner with Clackamas County Planning and Zoning, noted in an email to the Mountain Times that if the project moves forward with a land use application, a formal notice will be mailed to neighbors within a certain radius around the property and will also be posted on the county’s website.

“Input and comments from the surrounding community or anybody else will be added to the record and considered in the land use decision,” Blessing wrote.

The pre-application conference request noted the property is currently vacant with “no significant trees” and a slope of approximately two percent from east to west.

The request also inquired about a representative from the Oregon Department of Transportation being included due to the property’s proximity to Hwy. 26.

Zuidema noted that the timeline for the project could see construction beginning by the end of the year.

“I am hoping to have the street and utilities infrastructure finished mid to late summer,” he wrote. “Hopefully we can start building houses in September or October.”

Goode did not respond to a request for comments before publication.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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