DAMASCUS, Ore. -- The Clackamas County town of Damascus, population 10,000, failed to muster the voter turnout required to dissolve.
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While a majority who voted passed the measure with 65 percent yes, the required percentage of total registered voters turning out was not met.
The outcome please Clackamas County commissioners, who issued the following statement:
“The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners support the decision made by the voters in Damascus to remain a city in Clackamas County. We acknowledge the strong feelings held by those on both sides of this matter. Hopefully tonight’s vote will be the first step toward resolving longstanding issues. We look forward to working with city leaders on issues of shared concern locally and throughout the region.”
The city has led a troubled past. In 2000, the Metro regional government planned a major urban expansion for 18,000 acres of the then-unincorporated Clackamas County. The expansion came with plans for an eco-friendly community of parks, dense housing and village centers.
In 2004, residents fought back and incorporated into a city, thwarting Metro's designs. But since then, the city has struggled to govern itself. Damascus has gone through seven city managers in eight years.
Residents had feuded over zoning and in 2012 failed to create a comprehensive plan for the town, a requirement under state law.
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