The Newport City Council Monday night approved the expansion of the town’s urban growth boundary that takes in both the lower and upper Big Creek Reservoirs, the main source for the town’s drinking water. The council said they need control over the reservoir’s surround lands so that they don’t get all “subdivisioned-up” and threaten the reservoir with urban-type pollution
However, it was not completely smooth sailing. A few residents living in the area will need some reassuring that the city won’t ignore what it freely admits is an obligation to the residents in keeping road access open to their homes. They said storms frequently damage Oregon roads and they want to make sure the city maintains the road as the county commissioners have for decades.
Another resident just off Big Creek Road said he didn’t want his residence annexed into the city anytime soon. But he added that if the city proposed to include only sixty feet of property up his drive today and gave the city the right of first refusal to buy the property, they’d be all for it.
In the end, the council did everything but promise that access roads to resident housing would be maintained. However, the council said they wanted some clarification of their legal obligations in the matter. They passed the urban growth boundary change predicating it on further conversations with their city attorney. A decision is expected to be made to expand the city’s urban growth boundary during the next council meeting