Oregon State

Appeal denied in effort to block student housing construction at Oregon State

Feb. 14, 2020
The university is seeking to build a residence hall on its Corvallis campus for 290 graduate students and upper level undergraduates

Oregon State University has won a victory in its effort to win approval for a residence hall at the east end of campus in Corvallis.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that the state's Land Use Board of Appeals has rejected an appeal from neighbors who challenged a Corvallis City Council decision to approve a development deal the project requires.

Opponents of the residence hall had contended that the approved development plan had numerous errors: a lack of public notice; using land development code language based on an expired campus master plan; incompatibility of the project with the neighborhood; failure to comply with the university’s parking standards; failure to consider another site; reliance on a questionable study on student housing; not considering the existing supply of campus land; and wetland disclosure issues.

The university, which is divided for planning purposes into nine sectors, applied to the city to move 95,000 square feet of development space from Sector B in the center of campus to Sector D at the east end of campus at the intersection of Monroe Avenue and Ninth Street.

The university would then build a 290-resident residence hall for upper division and graduate students that would consist of a three-story building and a four-story, L-shaped structure.

Backers of the proposal cited the need for on-campus student housing. Opponents want to preserve the open space at that end of the campus while also citing parking and traffic issues.

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