Roseburg’s projected population growth, a long-standing source of friction between the city and some rural residents, was formally slashed Monday by the City Council. The council voted 6-1 to accept a forecast that estimates the city’s population in 2032 will be 34,023. The city currently has fewer than 22,000 residents. Five years ago, the city projected Roseburg would boast more than 50,000 residents by 2028. Homeowners in the Charter Oaks neighborhood west of Roseburg, who want to stay beyond the city’s reach, challenged the projection as unrealistic. The state Land Use Board of Appeals agreed and ordered the city to …
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