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Beaverton Wal-Mart DRB Hearing: Day 1 Report

City of Beaverton's Design Review Board had one of two public hearings for the proposed Walmart development near the intersection of Barnes Road and Cedar Hills Boulevard. The proposal also includes approximately 5000 square feet of office and 10,000 square feet of additional retail. For the first night, the seven member board listened to testimony from City staff, the applicant, and three citizen groups representing residents of the nearby store.
The City of Beaverton annexed the property of the proposed of Wal-Mart in 2005. The existing 'transit-orient retail commercial' zoning came with the annexed property that has no limitations on the amount of retail for the site. The applicant requested an Intergovernmental Agreement to have Washington County to be the lead review agency, but the County Board of Commissioners declined the applicant's request.

According to the testimony from City of Beaverton staff, they recommend denial due to not receiving an updated letter from Clean Water Services approving the proposed treatment of water discharging into a creek north of Barnes Road from the site. The applicant responded that the City will receive that updated letter from Clean Water Services before public comments close next week.

The Design Review Board gave the applicant 20 minutes to provide a presentation of their proposal. Most of the presentation focused on the architecture of the site. The Design Review Board had concerns regarding the fašade of the north side of the building, garbage truck access, and the pedestrian plaza design. The attorney for the applicant mentioned he has received 453 letters of support in which 69 of the letters are residents from Beaverton.

Triple Creek Neighborhood Association, CPO1, and Save Cedar Mill each were allocated to 10 minutes of testimony. All three groups oppose the proposed development. Each group claimed the proposed development will be pedestrian unfriendly due to wide streets crossing signalized intersections. They expressed their feelings that a zoning called 'transit-orient retail commercial' should have developments that rely on public transportation instead of personal vehicles. The groups also expressed concerns regarding cut through traffic on neighborhood streets.

Tomorrow's hearing will have only public testimony. Each member of the public gets 3-minutes to speak. An opportunity to speak will be based on random drawing not 'first come, first serve.' The hearing will start at 6:30pm at Beaverton's City Hall and will last till 10:30pm.
Get wal mart out of town for good. 03.May.2006 22:34

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I look for the day when WM finally realizes the jig is up, turns heels and departs, with the knowledge that monster businesses like theirs have poisoned the waters, and the people who care about the communities WM seeks to invade will no longer let them destroy livability in the way that has become synonymous with that company's trademark.