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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Feb. 29, 2024

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Developer plans 72 housing lots on Ridgefield-area farmland

By , Columbian staff writer

More farmland south of Ridgefield may soon sprout housing. Developer Rotschy LLC plans to create 72 single-family home lots on three adjoining properties totaling 19.4 acres off Northeast 29th Avenue just south of 194th Street.

Clark County’s zoning requires larger lots there. Rotschy co-owner Cornell Rotschy said the lots will average 8,400 square feet, with some as small as 7,000 square feet and others larger than 10,000 square feet.

The project is still in its formative stage, but plans submitted to Clark County show Rotschy intends to include several walking trails, multiuse sports courts for basketball or pickleball, a playground, cornhole courts and a wildflower garden.

Rotschy doesn’t plan to build houses on the lots but just prepare them and develop infrastructure and streets for the project. Then builders can buy the lots for actual construction.

The developer said the project will contribute to the area’s housing supply. Because county requirements limit the size of the lots, Rotschy expects the homes there to be more expensive.

“It’s not necessarily providing the affordable housing component,” Rotschy said.

For years, Ridgefield has been among the fastest growing cities in Washington. Residential growth has also occurred just outside city limits under the county’s jurisdiction.