The "State of the City" season wraps up in Wilsonville

Mayor Tim Knapp   Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp shared his insight in front a full council chambers this week during his annual "State of the City" address.
   Knapp spoke about his council's goals in terms of connectivity and community design, including thoughtful land use planning.
   He said Wilsonville aspires to be a desirable and welcoming place to live at every stage of life.
   The Mayor also touched on transportation and the need for a grid type landscape, so residents and visitors have more than one way to get in and out of a location.
   The city is advocating for a transportation study on the south end of the metro area to look at freight services, and transportation congestion on I-5.
   Crossings over the Willamette are of concern too.
   The city is looking at a possible bridge parallel to I-5 that would be for emergency responders, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
   There is also talk of whether an additional lane could be added over the Boone Bridge southbound to the Charboneau exit.
   When it comes to planning, Wilsonville is looking at the Coffee Creek employment area and possible development there.
   Knapp said Coffee Creek is anticipated to house 1,800 jobs with a payroll of $55 million a year.
   For residential development, the Frog Pond area is 180 acres and will include single family homes with approximately 570 units.
   The Villebois residential development is nearly complete.
   It has three connected subdivisions, and the city is looking at having a piazza in the middle where gatherings can occur and to help connect residents. 
   Knapp ended his speech by saying, "It's an exciting time to be in Wilsonville."