Public hearing on Northernwood annexation set for Wednesday

The Philomath City Council plans to meet Wednesday night for a special meeting to hold a public hearing on an applicant’s annexation of 9.32 acres involving a proposed business development on the west side of North 19th Street. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. through videoconferencing.

The applicant, Joseph Sullivan, and his partners plan to build a campus that includes three office pods and a warehouse to begin and in later phases, could encompass as many as 11 buildings. The company is called Northernwood LLC and joins the Sullivan family’s other companies, which include Alyrica, Active 911 and Nova Dynamics.

The property, currently undeveloped with no structures on it, is located in the city’s urban growth boundary and based on the Comprehensive Plan designation, is zoned as industrial. Upon annexation, the land would be zoned light industrial.

The project will reportedly bring in significant property taxes to the city and proposes to create 80-plus new full-time jobs.

According to a city staff report, there is no question on whether or not the property will be annexed because it is within the urban growth boundary — and has been for more than 20 years. The City Council will decide when the property should be annexed into the city.

Northernwood aerial view
Here is an aerial view of the campus in an artist’s representation. (Image provided by Northernwood LLC)

The city plans to hold the meeting via Zoom. The public can watch the live feed of the meeting on the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofphilomath. For those unable to view online, contact City Hall at 541-929-6148 to make viewing arrangements.

To read the city’s staff report, which includes findings of fact and review criteria, click here.


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