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FEBRUARY 24, 2004

1. Call to Order: Chair Balen called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.
2. Swear in Commissioner: City Clerk Quinlan administered the oath of office to Dave Perry. Commissioner Perry then took his seat at the table.
3. Roll Call: Commissioners Perry, Meatzie, Balen, Uhl, Cutter and Cvar answered the roll. Commissioner Milligan was excused. A quorum was present.
4. Citizen Comments: Chair Balen invited the applicant to explain a change in the request. Mr. Cottier explained that he will pursue the street vacation with the City Council, and if that does not work, will then pursue the variance with the Planning Commission. Chair Balen noted that if the vacation works, then the variance would not be necessary. The applicant indicated that at this time he was asking for a continuation of the hearing. Chair Balen indicated that a letter waiving the 120-day requirement would be in order, and Mr. Lewis responded that this has already been taken care of.
5. Commission Comments and Concerns: Commissioner Cutter reported on the Lincoln County Economic Development Alliance meeting that he had attended. He noted that it appeared Newport and Lincoln City were considered the economic "strongholds" of the County. He felt that telecommunications did not get a great deal of attention this year but that Waldport could take some opportunities to establish industrial uses based on the presence of that system. The group reviewed issues such as health care for small businesses, higher education through the Oregon Coast Community College to train the general workforce and ODOT plans for improving the Dundee bypass on Highway 18. Chair Balen stated that he had occasion to drive through that area recently, and it took about 45 minutes or so to go from Newburg to the Highway 18 turnoff. Commissioner Cutter noted that ODOT was asking Lincoln County for ways to assist in funding the project. He provided literature from the meeting and encouraged the Commission to visit the website. Commissioner Uhl thanked Mr. Lewis for arranging to have Dale Jordan at the last meeting, and noted that a lot of good information had been provided. Chair Balen stated that one of his ideas had been to couple education with medical and health care facilities at the Forest Service Center to build up a small medical facility in Waldport and try to use the facility to train local citizens to be technicians as a way of taking back some of currently "outsourced" jobs. Commissioner Meatzie explained that he had been absent from the last meeting due to a death in the family. He had also attended the Economic Development Alliance meeting and noted that the existence of the fiberoptic cable system was good for local businesses. Commissioner Perry gave a brief biography, indicating that he had attended high school in Waldport and had moved back to the community a year ago. He has been a professional planner for about 20 years, and was looking forward to serving on the Commission, working from the "other" side of the table.
6. Consideration of Minutes: The Commission considered the minutes from the January 27, 2004 meeting. Commissioner Cutter moved to approve the minutes as presented, Commissioner Uhl seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
7. Correspondence: None.
8. Public hearing: Continued indefinitely
9. Discussion Items:
  A. Planning Report: Mr. Lewis suggested that, if no planning action items come in during the next two weeks, the Planning Commission could focus on the amendments to the Development Code at the next meeting. He then reviewed his planning report, and indicated that he would be following up on the West Coast Bank signage issue.
  B. Chair Balen reviewed the previous discussion regarding the Development Code revisions. He indicated that this process will likely result in a major revision to the code.
Mr. Lewis reported that the Transportation Enhancement Grant process is proceeding, with an upcoming meeting to be held with members of ODOT, the engineers, and City staff. In response to a query, Mr. Lewis clarified that the Transportation Enhancement Grant work will end at the north end of the seawall, but it was his understanding that ODOT was planning an overlay from that point south to Ten Mile Creek.
10. Adjournment: At 7:10 p.m., with 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 27th day of April, 2004.
SIGNED by the Chair this 27th day of April, 2004.
Samuel Balen, Chair