Corvallis’ 2020 vision statement forecasts a population of 57,500 to 63,500 by that year. At more than 55,000 in 2011, the city will accommodate growth at Oregon State University and an influx of people to the mid-Willamette Valley for its highly regarded quality of life. Growth requires adjustments in infrastructure (transportation, utilities, public safety, education) and a planning process to resolve conflicts in land use for agriculture, conservation, residential, business and other purposes.
In February, the City Club discussed student housing and neighborhood issues brought about by a growing student population. In this session, Kevin Young, manager of the Corvallis Planning Division, and Patricia Daniels, former city councilor, will set the stage for a discussion of the process that guides land use decisions and of the hot growth issues currently facing the city.