Planned 215-lot development causes worry in community due to potential traffic increases, crime

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: AKS ENGINEERING & FORESTRY - The planned subdivision at the corner of Southeast 282nd Avenue and Southeast Chase Road. Residents of Gresham's Kelly Creek neighborhood came together Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, to discuss and voice concerns over a planned 215-lot subdivision being developed at the corner of Southeast 282nd Avenue and Southeast Chase Road.

The Early Neighborhood Notification meeting was hosted by AKS Engineering & Forestry, on behalf of applicant Venture Properties. During the meeting, the community members shared their main issues with the proposed development — primarily concerns focused on increased traffic, speeding and the potential for an increase in crime within the Kelly Creek neighborhood.

"We are still refining our plans," said project planner Mimi Doukas.

The development is planned to spread across a 37-acre property known as the Park Nursery. The lots will be a minimum of 5,000 square feet, and will have detached single-family homes. The most likely developer for the homes will be Stonebridge. Plans show two large stormwater facilities and six pedestrian paths. The project will include some street improvements, and will have a screen wall along 282nd.

The development could change in the wake of the meeting, and the city of Gresham will require a traffic study because of the likely impact of the subdivision. That study won't be completed until after school begins, to get an accurate sense of the congestion.

Many of the traffic concerns couldn't be adequately answered until that study in completed. The residents stressed the high frequency of crashes, difficult sight lines, rush hour crush of cars, and the desperate need for traffic signals at the main intersections.

"It can be tricky because some roads are controlled by the city, some by (the Oregon Department of Transportation) and some by the county," Doukas said. "But I don't think it's likely traffic signals will be warranted."

Some of the attendees at the meeting were also worried about the median income of the new residents, and whether it would attract more criminal elements into the neighborhood.

The developers hope to begin construction of phase one, half the lots, next summer.

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