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DECEMBER 13, 2004

1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Chair Balen called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Chair Balen and Commissioners Perry, Meatzie and Cowie answered the roll. Commissioners Milligan, Cvar and Cutter were absent. A quorum was present.
4. MINUTES: The Commission considered the minutes from the October 26, 2004 meeting. Commissioner Meatzie moved to approve the minutes as presented. Commissioner Cowie seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: The Commission discussed a memorandum from the Governor’s office in regard to Measure 37. Staff noted that the Council had recently passed a City Ordinance to address any potential claims.
6. PUBLIC HEARING: Case File 1-ZC-PC-04, Zone Change Application for Leong, Erickson and Schweich: Chair Balen opened the public hearing, and called for bias, conflicts of interest or ex parte contact. Commissioner Meatzie noted that he has done roofing work for Mr. Schweich. It was determined that there was no potential conflict of interest, as there were no concrete plans before the Commission, merely a request for a zone change.
  Staff Report: Mr. Lewis reviewed his staff report, noting that the request was to change zoning from R-1 to R-3. He noted that there was also M-W zoning on two of the parcels, but this was not affected by the zone change request. He indicted that he had erred on the calculation for two tax lots, which should show a total density of 8 units between the two, due to the M-W zoning.
  Applicant’s Presentation: Dawn Pavitt, representing the applicants, addressed the Planning Commission. Terry Remmers from Bayshore Realty was also present. Ms. Pavitt explained that they had planned to request the rezone on two of the lots, but the adjacent property owners had also joined the request. The applicants are requesting to rezone and to either upgrade the existing homes or build new ones. Ms. Pavitt stated that the sample site plan and building application included in the packet materials represented an idea for two of the lots, but that now with all four lots involved they were asking for a standard zone change, not an intent to rezone limited to a specific site plan. The proposed rezone would remedy the existing split zoning and would allow for a more orderly development of property in that area, as well as providing a smooth transition from commercial zoning to residential zoning. Additionally, this would allow for multi-family housing to serve Waldport’s future residential needs. Ms. Pavitt noted that the Leongs would be amenable to paving Fayette Street to the last driveway and installing a fire hydrant.
  Terry Remmers, Bayshore Realty, noted that this request also fit in with the goals of the Urban Renewal Plan, and also mentioned that the current tax assessment for tax lots 8000 and 8100 was around $200,000. If the sample development were to take place, the assessment would rise to around $2,000,000.
 Commissioner Perry asked about the plot plan showing the concept, and Mr. Remmers responded that this was just one of the ideas that had come up for combining the two original lots. The idea was to come up with something compatible with the bayfront, but it was just speculative at this point.
  Chair Balen closed the public hearing and reopened the Planning Commission meeting for discussion. Chair Balen noted the presentation was very clear, and certainly extensive, and indicated that it was difficult to understand why the initial zoning had been split to begin with. Mr. Remmers noted the intent of the Leongs is to demolish the two existing buildings. Mr. Schweich is in escrow with the corner lot (8300) and owns 8301, and is looking at future development which will require demolition of the existing house. Chair Balen indicated that he did not see anything detrimental to recommending that the property be rezoned, as it would allow the property to be developed to improve both the appearance and quality of life for the residents, as well as benefit the City with increased taxes and additional residential units. Commissioner Meatzie noted that the “buffer” of R-3 between commercial and R-1 was appropriate. Commissioner Cowie asked if traffic would be an issue, due to the increased density. After a brief discussion it was determined that this would probably not be a major issue. Commissioner Cowie also asked about the extension of the roadway, hoping that it would be to the furthest driveway. Mr. Remmers responded that this would be dependent on the site plan, but that he has also spoken with the City Administrator in this regard, the plan was to keep the pathway open to the bay, though further improvements were not discussed. Following further discussion, Commissioner Cowie moved to recommend approval of the rezone request to the City Council, with the suggested condition from the staff report. Commissioner Meatzie seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote. The City Council will take up the rezone issue at their Council meeting in February.
  A. Planning Report: Mr. Lewis reviewed his written report, and noted that the January meeting would be busy, with two conditional use applications and a potential modified site plan for Whispering Woods.
  B. Other Issues: Chair Balen handed out a written recommendation in regard to the recent discussions on building heights and architectural standards. Consensus of the Commission was to review this at their next meeting.
8. ADJOURNMENT: At 8:05 p.m., there being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,
Reda A. Quinlan, City Clerk
APPROVED by the Planning Commission this 25th day of January, 2005.
SIGNED by the Chair this 25th day of January, 2005.
Samuel Balen, Chair