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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

JULY 25, 2006


1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Chair Balen called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. Chair Balen and Commissioners Perry, Milligan, Power, and Cutter answered the roll. Commissioners Meatzie and Streeter were absent. A quorum was present.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: None.
3. COMMISSION COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: None.
4. MINUTES: The Commission considered the minutes from the June 27, 2006 meeting. Commissioner Cutter moved to approve the minutes as presented. Commissioner Power seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: Chair Balen reviewed a letter of invitation to participate in the LCDC meeting in Florence in August.
6. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
  A. Potential Development Code Amendments: Chair Balen noted that the Council had charged the Planning Commission with reviewing the Code for issues dealing with waterfront properties. City Planner Lewis explained that one of the issues had to do with the zone of riparian vegetation, as the current Code language states a setback of 50' landward measured on the ground. He suggested changing to 50' landward measured horizontally or 25' landward from the top of the bluff, whichever is greater. Another issue is density, as current Code language allows a property owner to take the gross area of a site, not just the buildable portion of the site, to calculate the number of structures that can be built. A lengthy discussion ensued. Consensus of the Commission was to recommend that the language regarding the riparian setback be changed to reflect the Plannerís suggestion, and that the measurement be taken from the MHHW. Additionally, Commissioner Cutter suggested that language be included that would exclude any area encompassed by the riparian vegetation standards from the allowable density calculations. Consensus of the Commission was favorable to that suggestion as well.
  Mr. Lewis noted that there were other areas of the Code that could use revision. Following a brief discussion, the Commission asked Mr. Lewis to prepare a list of proposed revisions, including the language based on this nightís discussion regarding the riparian setbacks. The Commission will then review these over the next few months, with the intent of scheduling a public hearing in the spring.
  B. Planning Report: Mr. Lewis reviewed his written report, and informed the Planning Commission that the Council was still in discussion over the Downtown Development District language.
  C. Other Issues: Commissioner Perry asked about progress on the Whispering Woods Subdivision. Mr. Lewis indicated that he had conversed with Mr. Schulte earlier in the year, and that the City Council had given him two additional extensions, one of which he received the previous May. A brief discussion ensued regarding other existing and potential buildings around town. The Commission asked that Mr. Lewis include derelict buildings in the list of revisions to discuss.
7. ADJOURNMENT: At 7:50 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 22nd day of August, 2006.
SIGNED by the Chair this 22nd day of August, 2006.
Samuel Balen, Chair