Land Use & Housing learns more about the City of Cornelius

Ryan Wells   Cornelius Community Development Director Ryan Wells joined WEA Land Use & Housing Committee membersto share an update on his city.
   Wells talked about the Economic Opportunity Analysis the city did with consultants Bill Reid from PNW Economics and Pat Ribellia from PR Land Use Strategies, E.D. Hovee, and Cardno, which was funded through a grant from Metro.  
   Cornelius has been one of the poorest cities in Washington County, but as Wells shared, it has a number of opportunities.  
   Wells showed the committee maps of available industrial and commercial properties and of current development projects.  
   The city is expecting 1,100 new housing units to be developed in the near future with a 25-30 percent population increase in the next five to seven years.
   More than 900 of these housing units will be in Laurel Woods, which is a  project AKS Engineering's Mimi Doukas is working on.
   WEA's Pam Treece said it was great to see so many WEA members working together.
   Wells also touched on the Forest Grove and Cornelius Enterprise Zone, industrial and commercial properties available, and the city's library project with senior housing.
   To see some of the materials shared, click on these links: Economic Opportunity AnalysisLand Use Projects Map, and Cornelius' Economic Development Strategy.