Donald will grow substantially and lose its status as a quiet rural community if a proposal by GRC Landholdings LLC to annex and develop a proposed large “Agrihood Community” is approved by the Planning Commission and the City Council.
The proposed development would annex approximately 61 acres of productive farmland into the Donald City Limits to create a 299 lot Planned Unit Development composed of 297 single-family homes with public open space parks, walking paths, a community center with limited commercial space, and site for future apartments and townhomes. If approved, only time will tell whether or not the development will be a viable and affordable project, or just more suburbanization with social engineering thrown in.
The proposal requires a zone Change from Marion County UT – Urban Transition to City of Donald R7 and RM Residential Zones.
The Donald Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6:45pm, and the City Council will hold a public hearing on the matter on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6:45pm. Both hearings will be held at Donald City Hall. Based upon the meeting schedule, it appears that the proposal is being fast tracked without sufficient allowance for the appeal periods permitted by Oregon land use laws.
The public may submit written testimony concerning the proposal to the City, and at both public hearings.
A copy of the public notice may be viewed here: 164457