Figure 17 Stayton’s Jordan Bridge, Built in 1998
Both Stayton and Sublimity are among the fastest growing communities of the region, and they are poised for major growth in residential development the next decade.
Today, two related settlement patterns are strongly shaping the future of the area, the improvement of Highway 22 and the development of higher- end housing subdivisions. Highway 22 has shortened commuting time and increased local connection with the urban Salem area. In both Stayton and Sublimity, newer and nicer homes are characterizing recent settlement. Both communities are absorbing newcomers at a steady rate and residents commonly report newcomers are part of the commuter set, less involved in the community than longer-term residents, but vitalizing communities anyway with their presence. Residents in both towns perceive that local governments through their policies are encouraging higher cost homes and discouraging lower cost homes, although debate is mixed about whether this is positive or not.
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