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Volume 4, Issue 7


July 2006

Beaverton City Council to hear appeal of Wal-Mart decision

On June 9, the Beaverton Board of Design Review approved PacLand Development’s application to build a Wal-Mart and two adjacent retail buildings on a 9.3 acre lot at the corner of Cedar Hills Boulevard and Barnes Road. Save Cedar Mill, a group opposing the development, appealed the decision. On July 10 and 11, the Beaverton City Council will take up the issue.

Steve Kaufman, chair of the group, says, “Although comments to the City decision makers must adhere to code issues, residents’ concerns are broad and include the impact on existing traffic problems, neighborhood livability, master planning objectives, proximity to a planned school and a major hospital, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, environmental pollution of nearby streams, and effects on local business. We presented a strong, united front and an excellent technical case. Unfortunately, we were undermined by the Beaverton City staff whose poor advice to the Board left them feeling as if they had no choice but to approve this ridiculous development.”

The Beaverton city planners have again recommended that the development be allowed. The City Council, however, can consider a broader set of standards than the Design Review group, and Save Cedar Mill is hopeful that with good citizen turnout and effective testimony, the decision can be overturned.

In spite of what happens at the City Council meeting, however, the issue will likely ultimately go to the state Land Use Board of Appeals, because both sides have vowed to carry on their efforts. More information is available on Beaverton’s website:, and on the Save Cedar Mill website:


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