OCTOBER 11, 2007
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: In the absence of Mayor
Welch, Council President Woodruff called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.
Council President Woodruff and Councilors Kelly, Hanes, Campbell and Cutter
answered the roll. A quorum was present.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: None.
3. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: None.
4. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the September 13, 2007 meeting. Councilor Cutter moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Kelly seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: None.
6. PUBLIC HEARING - Consideration of Proposed Development Code Amendments: Council President Woodruff opened the public hearing, calling for abstentions, bias, and conflicts of interest. None were declared.
Staff report: City Planner Lewis reviewed the proposed amendments separately, allowing for discussion of each amendment. The first item was in regard to siting standards for manufactured homes. Councilor Kelly asked if manufactured homes were allowed in the Old Town area, and Mr. Lewis responded that the City is governed by State law, which states that manufactured homes have to be allowed wherever stick-built homes are allowed. The exception to this rule is if a particular subdivision or planned unit development governs allowance of manufactured homes. He further clarified that "modular" homes are actually considered stick-built homes. Councilor Cutter noted that the City does regulate single-wide vs multi-sectional manufactured homes and Mr. Lewis agreed, noting that there were only a couple of areas in the City that had a "single-wide overlay zone" (Peterson Park and Bayview Mobile Home Park). He also noted that this was governed by the manufactured home requirements. Councilor Cutter asked if consideration was given to raising the standard roof pitch to 4/12 to eliminate some lower-end manufacturers, and Mr. Lewis responded that this had not been part of the discussion.
Mr. Lewis explained the revision to the land partition approval process was to remove conflicting language. There were no questions or further discussion in regard to the proposed revision.
Discussion ensued regarding ocean lot area density calculations. Councilor Kelly noted that Portland was encouraging higher density and wondered if any thought had been given in that regard. Mr. Lewis responded that larger cities may be considering this, however, although a recent buildable lands inventory had not been done he estimated the city had considerable property for development. Councilor Kelly asked if the riparian vegetation zone had been defined and Mr. Lewis responded affirmatively, noting that it was set at 50' landward of the MHHW line.
Discussion ensued regarding the setbacks for ocean/bay front lots. Mr. Lewis provided a visual review of examples of the effect the setbacks would have. Councilor Hanes asked about potential Measure 37 cases arising from the adoption of the language; Mr. Lewis explained that there is a variance process.
Discussion ensued regarding the street width requirements. Ms. Leonard noted that the Planning Commission had recommended a planting strip between the curb and sidewalk, but Public Works was recommending the opposite, due to the location of utilities. In many cases, the utilities are not put in until the lot is developed, which would necessitate boring under or removing an existing sidewalk. It was noted that sidewalks are required for commercial development, and residential development within subdivisions. There had been no input from developers on the increased cost, but it would be more expensive to put in a utility strip rather than the standard sidewalk/curb/gutter. The developer could always ask to reverse the standard to allow for the utility strip if they desired, as part of the development process. Council President Woodruff commented on the letter received from DLCD regarding what they considered to be "excessive width" of the streets, and Mr. Lewis noted that they had not realized the width included provisions for parking. Councilor Cutter noted that the standard had not been changed for cul-de-sacs. Following a brief discussion, it was determined that the language regarding the width of cul-de-sacs could be removed from the code, as it would be the same as for any other street. There were no further comments, and Council President Woodruff closed the Public Hearing.
Consensus of the Council was to have staff revise the amendments and present them in ordinance form for adoption at the next regular Council meeting.
Noting the presence of Mr. Jerald Grady, who had submitted a letter of interest for the vacancy on the Traffic and Public Safety Committee, Council President Woodruff moved Item 11 A "Other Issues" up on the agenda. Councilor Hanes reported that she had interviewed Mr. Grady earlier, and moved to appoint Mr. Grady to the committee. Councilor Cutter seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
7. STAFF REPORTS: Ms. Leonard noted that she had just gotten back from vacation, and was still in the process of reviewing activities during her absence. She had nothing specific to report, other than the hiring of a new Public Works employee, Michael Lee, and the fact that ODOT was moving forward with the Downtown project.
8. COMMITTEE REPORTS - CIF: Ms. Woodruff noted that there had been an interesting presentation on sustainable forestry, though the meeting had been poorly attended.
9. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: The Council considered the following items: the Plannerís report, and the Library minutes, circulation report and annual statistical report. Councilor Hanes explained that in order to obtain certain funds, the Library has to provide the lengthy report included in the packet materials. She reported that usage is returning to normal following the remodeling project, and also noted that the Library Board was very appreciative of the letter the City sent, thanking them for their work on the remodeling project.
10. CONSENT CALENDAR: No items.
11. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
A. Other Issues: The appointment of Mr. Grady was addressed earlier in the meeting. Ms. Leonard reported that the City had received a satisfaction of lien for the Handy Haven property, with the revenue going to the General fund.
12. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:00 p.m., there being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.
Reda A. Quinlan, City Clerk
APPROVED by the Waldport City Council this 8th day of
SIGNED by the Mayor this 8th day of November, 2007.
Herman Welch, Mayor