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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

DECEMBER 7, 2010


1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Vice Chair Power called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. Vice Chair Power and Commissioners Smolen, Maré and Woodruff answered the roll. Commissioners Perry and Russell were excused. A quorum was present.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Shari Wiltshire asked for 25 mph speed zone signs on Maple Street. The request will be forwarded to the City.
3. COMMISSION COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Commissioner Power mentioned that she had received a Shoreline Alteration Permit proposal for a property on La Barre Drive, which is in the Transportation Study area south of town. Commissioner Maré noted that there was signage on the beach notifying the public of the change. The hearing will be at City Hall on December 13 at 7:00 p.m.
4. MINUTES: Commissioner Woodruff noted a correction to the minutes, as it was Commissioner Power who had mentioned encroachment on neighboring properties during the public hearing on Case File #1-NCALT-PC-10. Commissioner Smolen moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Commissioner Power seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: None.
6. PUBLIC HEARING: Continuation of Tower Facility Regulations. Mr. Lewis reviewed his written memo on the packet materials regarding location in a residential zone. Commissioner Maré noted that he was puzzled by the suggestions about location in a residential area as there are many areas around here that are non-residential. Commissioner Power noted she and Commissioner Russell shared a concern that many areas are non-acceptable due to topography, where the ridge lines of Waldport are mainly residential. Discussion ensued regarding Options A and B as outlined in the City Planner’s memo. Mr. Lewis explained that under Option A, a variance could not be requested, as the use would not be allowed in the zone. Commissioner Smolen noted that according to studies, proximity to tower facilities can reduce property values by up to 15%. Following further discussion, Commissioner Smolen moved to approve Option A, which would not allow for tower facilities in a residential zone. Commissioner Maré seconded, and the motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Maré asked if there were issues with price-gouging in regard to collocation, and Mr. Lewis responded that this had not been an issue in his research. Commissioner Smolen moved to forward the ordinance to the City Council for adoption. Commissioner Maré seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
7. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS
  A. Planning Report: Mr. Lewis reviewed his written report.
  B. Geologic Hazard Report Requirements: Commissioner Woodruff reviewed a recent news article about Newport, regarding moderate lots and lesser requirements. He wondered if the Commission should proceed or wait for the results of their study. Mr. Lewis mentioned that Newport was one of the first to implement DOGAMI’s new mapping and it might be quite some time before we moved in that direction. He suggested that the Commission consider implementing a percentage to help tighten up current regulations, though the issue may be revisited in a couple of years when more accurate data is available. Mr. Lewis distributed a memo showing proposed language based on degrees of slope. He also showed a picture of a lot behind City Hall, and noted that the current Code language would allow for a house to be built, even though the slope immediately adjacent to the lot is more than 30%. Commissioner Power moved to adopt the suggested language and forward the issue to the Council. Commissioner Woodruff seconded. Mr. Lewis suggested additional language where requirements would not apply to a building that is 100 feet or more from a 20% slope. Commissioner Smolen asked about development on oceanfront properties, wondering if the term "development" included landscaping as well as structures. Mr. Lewis responded that language could be included for clearing, grading and filling permits for work being done that does not require a building permit, so that these regulations would apply if the property was not being built on. A brief discussion ensued regarding Breezeview and their revetment. Commissioner Power amended the motion to include the proposed language change. Commissioner Maré seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
  C. Other Issues: Mr. Lewis will work on clarifying the term "development".
8. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:15 p.m., there being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,
Reda A. Quinlan, City Recorder
APPROVED by the Planning Commission this 25th day of January, 2011.
SIGNED by the Vice-Chair this 25th day of January, 2011.
Jan Power, Commission Vice-Chair