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A public hearing on a proposed 148-lot subdivision in North Albany has been continued to March 19 before the Albany Planning Commission.

Mark Ylen, Democrat-Herald

The Albany Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. Monday on an application to create a 148-lot subdivision in North Albany.

The proposed Pheasant Run subdivision is planned for a 47.5 acre parcel west of Crocker Lane and north of Dover Avenue. The site is zoned Residential Single Family and was annexed into Albany in 1991.

The site plan review includes the removal of 22 trees to accommodate development, and to create four open space tracts for riparian corridor and wetland preservation. Hayden Homes of Redmond is the applicant.

If approved, work will take place in four phases. About 40 lots will be developed in each phase. Lot sizes will average 7,000 square feet.

Only about 25 acres will be developed as buildable lots and the rest will be used for roads, stormwater detention and wetlands.

At a neighborhood meeting in March 2017, neighbors asked about traffic volumes on North Albany Road and Gibson Hill Road. The applicant said a traffic study would be completed to forecast the impact on the city’s transportation network.

Some people at the neighborhood meeting voiced concern over the removal of large white oak trees on the property. The developers said some trees would need to be removed, but the clustered subdivision would set aside 12.28 acres of designated open space that would be permanently protected. Street trees were also proposed throughout the development.

Existing streets will be extended, and two new streets will be constructed in order to provide access to all proposed lots and tracts, city staff said.

Among the conditions for approval are that Crocker Lane and Dover Avenue are both brought up to city standards. Crocker must receive curbs, gutters and sidewalks and bike lanes in each direction. Dover will need curbs, gutters and sidewalks along the north side of the street, in addition to new pavement.

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