Friends For Upper Midhill

We are asking for help from our West Linn community to help keep our neighborhood safe.

The city of West Linn has approved the development of 34 new homes at the end of Upper Midhill Drive. Although we would love to welcome new families to our neighborhood, the current road conditions and infrastructure are nowhere near safe enough to handle this number of additional homes.

The city initially denied this application because they were aware of the woefully unsatisfactory conditions. The developer has since pressured the city with threats of an even larger development. Despite factual evidence and impassioned pleas from the community, the city overturned that denial and are allowing the development to proceed, due to the developer's threat.

During the recent appeal process the following issues were found with the developer's application, we are asking for your help in spreading the following information.

Link to expert testimony on behalf of the neighborhood

Executive Summary

The application fails to provide the necessary evidence to support approval of the project for the following reasons:

• Highway 43/Arbor Drive interim mitigation is not an improvement for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit and disabled users

• The traffic impact analysis (TIA) fails to account for the cumulative impacts of approved development in the area

• The TIA's assumed growth rate of 1% per year is not based on evidence

• The TIA fails to provide the raw traffic count data of October 2016 traffic counts

Link to letter sent to Mayor Axelrod and Council Members by the Attorney representing the appellants

What can you do to help?

• Your contribution will be put towards legal fees that are needed for us to continue fighting for the safety of our neighborhood.

• Contact the Mayor and Council Members and ask them to reconsider their decision.

    • Mayor Russ Axelrod

        • [phone redacted], [email redacted],

• Councilor Teri Cummings

• [phone redacted], [email redacted]

• Councilor Brenda Perry

• [phone redacted], [email redacted]

• Councilor Richard Sakelik

• [phone redacted], [email redacted]

• Councilor Bob Martin

• [phone redacted], [email redacted]

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