Albany area residents will have another chance to comment on a proposed 148-lot subdivision in North Albany, the Albany Planning Commission has decided.

Commission members agreed Monday, following several hours of testimony, to continue a public hearing on the proposed Pheasant Run subdivision to 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 19. 

The 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. Hayden Homes of Redmond is the applicant.

Nineteen people spoke in all, most of them voicing worries about tree removal, increased traffic and the proposed 7,000-square-foot lot size.

The site plan review initially included the removal of 22 trees, said Bob Richardson, planning manager. The applicants submitted a revised plan that would preserve two of those, bringing the total planned removal to 20. The revision was one of the reasons the commission agreed to extend the public hearing, he said.

Neighbors also said they worried about more congestion on North Albany streets. Members of the commission did not specifically request new traffic information, but Richardson said city staff will be ready to answer any questions that may come up on the 19th.

The 7,000-square-foot lot size is a departure from the usual 10,000-square-foot minimum for RS 10 zones, said David Martineau, lead current planner. However, the developers are proposing a clustered subdivision, which gives them the option for smaller lots.

A clustered subdivision allows for part of the property to be set aside as a natural area. The applicants plan to set aside 12.28 acres, about a quarter of the land, in one large parcel (about 10 acres) and three smaller tracts. Smaller lots can be developed in exchange.

The wetland and riparian areas on the property are actually somewhat degraded, Martineau said. They've been farmed through the years and non-native species are growing there. Creating a clustered subdivision gives the developer the opportunity to restore those areas to a more natural state.

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