The Village of Oregon is planning to expand to the west soon and is holding an informational meeting Thursday, March 1, to discuss its application with a regional planning body.

The village hopes to add 71.9 acres west of the village boundary, between Netherwood Road and County Hwy. CC, to its urban service area so sanitary sewer service may be extended to the property. Sewer service is necessary for most urban development.

Amending an urban service area is controlled by the state Department of Natural Resources but starts with an application to the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission.

Village officials have been working with Forward Development Group, of Verona, on the early stages of a residential housing development on the village’s west side.

The village sent a letter to property owners in the area informing them of the meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 117 Spring St. The letter included answers to frequently asked questions, as well as a map of the affected area.

The letter pointed out a USA amendment is not an annexation petition. If the amendment is approved by CARPC, property in the amendment area would not experience changes in property values or utility service, the letter states.

It says the proposed amendment area has long been planned by the village and marketed for residential development, and notes the village is discussing the area with a developer.

For information, contact village administrator Mike Gracz at 835-6280, or email mgracz@vil.

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