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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

JANUARY 22, 2008


1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. City Clerk Quinlan administered the oath of office to Gregory Holland, who then took his seat. Chair Perry and Commissioners Balen, Milligan, Maré, Power, and Holland answered the roll call. A quorum was present.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: None.
3. COMMISSION COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Commissioner Balen reported on a recent article regarding mudslides, noting that many areas had been designated as hazardous in a state survey, but that this information had evidently been suppressed due to potentially negative impacts on property value. He wondered if the Planning Commission should request and review those maps for the Waldport area. Consensus of the Commission was that it would be a good idea, and they asked Mr. Lewis to look into the issue. Chair Perry gave a brief history of the mapping project, and noted some objections at the time were that the maps were not of a scale that was useful, though some areas have been remapped and may now be more helpful. Commissioner Milligan reported that the real estate market in the area has experienced a drastic slump, and she felt it would not recuperate for 2 to 5 years. Chair Perry responded that this might be a good time to work on long-range planning. Commissioner Maré asked about open positions on the Commission, and staff reported that there is currently one position open, due to the resignation of Commissioner Meatzie. Commissioner Maré also asked about the level of involvement the Planning Commission might have in regard to trails and parks, and noted that a little-known fact was that the Oregon Coast Trail actually goes right through Waldport. It was noted that the Comprehensive Plan was in need of updating, and the Statewide Goals certainly encourage recreational opportunities, so this might be something the Commission could work on. Commissioner Milligan mentioned that she has been impressed with the work of the contractors on the Downtown Project, the fact that they were maintaining access to the businesses and keeping them updated. Commissioner Power agreed.
4. MINUTES: It was noted that there was a scrivener’s error on the second page of the minutes, which would be corrected before the minutes were signed. Commissioner Balen moved to approve the minutes, Commissioner Maré seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: None.
6. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
  A. Planning Report: Mr. Lewis reviewed his written report.
  B. Potential Comprehensive Plan and/or Development Code Amendments: Mr. Lewis indicated that he had put this topic on the agenda to see if the Commission was interested in doing additional Code and/or Comprehensive Plan amendments. Following a brief discussion, consensus was to have copies of the current Comprehensive Plan distributed to Commission members. Mr. Lewis suggested some potential Code updates, including requiring automobile painting in a C-2 zone to take place in an enclosed area as per state fire code; a review of the geologic hazard requirements; covered parking requirements; adding language regarding townhomes; and setbacks for waterfront properties.
  C. Discussion on Status of Developments: Commissioner MIlligan had noted that the Naples project appeared to be in foreclosure. Mr. Lewis stated that he had a conversation the previous week regarding Alsea Village, and the partners were in the process of securing additional financing to resume the construction of the street connection between John Street and Huckleberry Street. However, he had not heard anything since then.
  D. Other Issues: Mr. Lewis asked the Commission to consider changing the date of the next meeting to accommodate a land use action, as the applicants would be unavailable for the normal meeting dates in either February or March. Following a brief discussion, consensus of the Commission was to combine the February and March meetings into one and to hold that meeting on March 11, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
  Commissioner Holland noted that erosion has affected the community path in the Breezeview development. He wondered if the City would allow the homeowners to pay for improving the public access to the beach, and then take over responsibility for maintaining the access. Commissioner Power mentioned that it was her understanding part of the conditions of final approval for that planned development was to provide public access to the beach, and asked that Mr. Lewis review the file.
7. 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 11th day of March, 2008.
SIGNED by the Chair this 11th day of March, 2008.
David Perry, Chair