Grow Philomath Sensibly (GPS)

An achievable plan
that includes the necessary resources,
and benefits the current residents and future residents,
not just the developers.

We are citizens concerned about the impact of 660 new homes on our schools,
our water, our infrastructure, and our community life.

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Beautiful Philomath

VOTE NO ON 2-102
Chapel Dr/Applegate Annexation

(Lowther property)

What is the issue? Out-of-town developers seek our approval to annex and rezone 159 acres containing protected wetlands and agricultural lands, primarily to build 660 single-family homes. The construction (with its noise and dust) is proposed to last for 10 years.

Where is the parcel? It goes from Chapel Dr to Applegate St, and from 23rd to 30th Streets.

The developers’ proposal is non-binding. For example, they could petition to change the zoning to multi-family housing to increase their profits.

What does this mean to the residents of Philomath?Beautiful PHilomath

Inadequate Water
You will hear that Philomath has more than enough water, but here is the truth!

* Philomath’s demand on available water resources is already at maximum levels.

* No reliable water source to serve a massive housing development has been identified.

* Even now, Philomath relies on water from Corvallis, which has the right to decrease our supply in case of drought, contamination, or other emergency.

Increased Traffic

* 660 new homes mean 1200 to 1300 more cars on Philomath Blvd and other roads.

* ODOT says it does NOT plan to expand Philomath Blvd in the foreseeable future.

Tax Increases

* By law, the fees the developers pay cannot be used to expand the library or keep police, fire, medical, and earthquake response at safe levels. That would fall to taxpayers.Beautiful Philomath


This is the same proposal Philomath rejected
in 2005 and 2006 by wide margins.
What part of “NO”
do the developers not understand?


Developers care about maximizing their profits.
They do not care about our community.
We must take care and reject this reckless proposal!

Help us spread the word. Send a check to:
Grow Philomath Sensibly,
PO Box 473,
Philomath OR 97370
Questions? Write to


A Community Impact Study

Letters to the Editor and Arguments against the Annexation

OP-ED by Jeff Lamb, Octobers 5, 2016

Additional links to pertinent information:

Benton County Voters Pamphlet - Arguments For and Against Measure 2-102 - click to download

Map of the Chapel Dr/Applegate Annexation - click to download

Eden Fodor's Twelve Big Myths About Growth

The Costs of Growth: A Brief Overview

Determining the Real Costs of Growth and Development and Who Should Pay

Philomath's 2005 Water Study Shows That Even Then, the Water Supply was Questioned

Philomath's Contract with Corvallis Gives Us Subordinate Water Rights - click to download

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