Another round of discussion on the Campus Crest proposal made it through City Council Monday evening, with final approval of the amendment and subdivision modifications in close 5-4 and 6-3 votes, respectively.
The deliberation was met with heckles that Mayor Julie Manning silenced, an action she has taken many times before during hearings on this controversial issue.
Following several months of review between the Planning Commission and public hearing and deliberations from the City Council, councilors reviewed the specific stipulations of the comprehensive zone change and text amendment with clarification from city staff.
"Corvallis has a chronic housing problem," said councilman Mike Beilstein in a self-proclaimed lengthy statement in support of the motion to approve the proposal.
Councilors were concerned with specific safety regulations, like bicycle and pedestrian safety and general traffic calming issues. They were concerned with a shifting of liability between the city and the developer if problems arise down the line once the property is occupied. The negotiations for the contract will be ongoing with the developer, so it is difficult to solidify terms with a property that has not been built yet.
"I'm going to put my trust in future city councilors," said councilman Richard Hervey.
Campus Crest is planning to build a 296-unit, 900-bedroom apartment complex north of Harrison Boulevard and west of 36th Street.