Reeds Crossing, Newland Communities, near Portland, Ore.

The Oregonian staffer Allan Brettman reports that Newland Communities and the town of Hillsboro, Ore., reached an agreement that to start the first chunk--463 acres and a projected 4,000 homes--of a massive development project. Brettman writes:

Before the closed-door session, a developer's representative said the conflict could jeopardize plans to start $40 million worth of road construction this year. If so, that would mark the second consecutive year the project would be delayed.

"Are we going to get out of the ground this summer and not miss another building season?" Jeff Bachrach, a land use attorney representing developer Newland Communities, asked commission members.

If completed, the project has the potential to add a massive amount of housing stock.

When fully built by 2035, the city envisions the South Hillsboro development featuring a wide variety of homes and price ranges along with a town centers with shops, offices and services.

The area also would feature more than 300 acres of parks and open space with 15 miles of multi-use trails. The Hillsboro School District is expected to develop schools to serve the new community.

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