Jennings Lodge residents protest to save trees

Neighbors have become fond of the large, wooded property

Neighbors in the Jennings Lodge area are worried about losing trees to a developer, September 10, 2015 (KOIN)
Trees marked will be lost to a development in Jennings Lodge, September 10, 2015 (KOIN)

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — A group of people in Jennings Lodge — an unincorporated area of Clackamas County — are protesting, hoping to stop, or at least scale back, a proposed development.

Neighbors are concerned about a development project in Jennings Lodge, September 10, 2015 (KOIN)
Neighbors are concerned about a development project in Jennings Lodge, September 10, 2015 (KOIN)

Residents have already handed out more than 100 flyers to let people know about the development: a 72-home subdivision that would eliminate 300 large trees.

“We used to to walk our dogs through there, we used to ride our bikes through there. It’s kind of like the center of Jennings Lodge,” Jeff Bornefeld told KOIN 6 News.

Many neighbors would prefer to see a park on the property. They are worried about traffic, the trees and runoff. At the very least, they would like to see a scaled back proposal.

“I think a compromise would be good. Not 73 homes but possibly custom homes, not quite as many,” said neighbor Judy Richardson.

The developer, Lennar Corporation, needs the county to approve a zoning change before it can move forward with the project. A hearing has been scheduled for October 1.

That has Bornefeld printing up more flyers.

“That is our entire intent, to have more people informed so they can weigh in however they want to weigh in, but to be informed.”

Lennar said it takes into consideration neighborhood concerns when proposing new developments. In a statement to KOIN 6 News, Lennar said it has met with neighborhood representatives at least four times. Because of those meetings, Lennar has already scaled back the project, from 89 homes to 72 homes.

Lennar added it will preserve many of the current trees and plant additional ones, which will result in more trees in the area when the development is finished.

Lennar believes this community will help with the housing shortage in the Portland area.

Neighbors in the Jennings Lodge area are worried about losing trees to a developer, September 10, 2015 (KOIN)
Neighbors in the Jennings Lodge area are worried about losing trees to a developer, September 10, 2015 (KOIN)

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