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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

OCTOBER 24, 2006


1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Chair Balen called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Chair Balen and Commissioners Perry, Power and Cutter answered the roll. Commissioners Meatzie, Milligan and Streeter were absent. A quorum was present.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Scott Perkins addressed the Commission regarding concerns about Waldport in general, as construction impacts the area. He suggested the Planning Commission consider street connectivity, especially in the area south of town. Chair Balen noted that land contours can have an impact on the ability to implement connectivity. Toni Rolph expressed concern regarding the ongoing problem with the lower end of Norwood Heights, where the hillside continues to deteriorate, causing slides of rock to end up on the road. It was noted that the City has been looking into the possible realignment of the intersection.
3. COMMISSION COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: None.
4. MINUTES: The Commission considered the minutes from the September 28, 2006 meeting. Commissioner Cutter moved to approve the minutes as presented. Commissioner Perry seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: None.
6. PUBLIC HEARING: None.
7. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
  A. Potential Development Code Amendments: Mr. Lewis noted that the City is still waiting for the GIS to be installed on the laptop. He has a call into the County Building Inspector regarding time limits on building permits, but has not yet heard back. Mr. Lewis reported that the Council will be considering an update to the nuisance ordinance to address deteriorated buildings. Chair Balen noted that enforcement is still an issue, and wondered how the City was able to ensure that the tenets of the Municipal Code were being followed. Mr. Lewis responded that the Sheriff’s Department was very responsive to general nuisance complaints, while he followed up on issues such as fence heights and proper setbacks on a case-by-case basis. Mr. Lewis also informed the Planning Commission about the upcoming LUBA appeal of Case Files #3-PLA-06 and #4-PLA-06.
  B. Setting Meeting Date: Mr. Lewis reported that the application for the Naples project was still not deemed complete, though it was close. Following a brief discussion, the Commission decided that the next meeting would be held on December 12, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. The suggestion was made to encourage written comments, due by December 5, 2006 and, if necessary, to limit oral comments to 3 minutes.
  C. Planning Report: A brief discussion ensued regarding the proposed building on the northwest corner of Hemlock and Arrow Street. Commissioner Cutter suggested fencing the area as construction takes place, in order to ensure public safety.
  Commissioner Power asked about the ingress and egress of the property, and Commissioner Balen asked whether sidewalks would be required. He also noted that he would like to review the building permit with regard to the new Downtown Development language, and wondered if it would be possible to comment on compliance with architectural requirements. Commissioner Perry cautioned that, in the event the developer appealed those requirements, Chair Balen may then have to abstain from the appeal.
  D. Other Issues: None.
8. ADJOURNMENT: At 7:10 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 12th day of December, 2006.
SIGNED by the Chair this 12th day of December, 2006.
Samuel Balen, Chair