Battle for Hillsboro land

Prime land in Hillsboro is at stake for both farmers and high-tech developers.

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Farmland north of Hillsboro is being eyed by city officials who want to use it to attract high-tech business, while farmers are fighting to preserve the land.

Jim Johnson, land-use coordinator for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, called that prospect “alarming.”

But Hillsboro planning director Pat Ribellia said the land is key to an industry – high-tech – that drives the state’s economy. “If you’re not allowing that to nurture, you kill it.”

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