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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

 

ASHLAND PLANNING COMMISSION

HEARINGS BOARD

MINUTES

JUNE 13, 2006

 

CALL TO ORDERThe meeting was called to order by Commissioner Dave Dotterrer at 1:30 p.m. at the Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E. Main Street, Ashland, OR. 

 

Commissioners Present:

 

Council Liaison:

Dave Dotterrer

John Stromberg

Michael Dawkins

 

Kate Jackson, (Council Liaison does not attend Planning Commission meetings in order to avoid conflict of interest.)

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Absent Members:

 

Derek Severson, Assistant Planner

None

 

Amy Anderson, Assistant Planner

Sue Yates, Executive Secretary

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND FINDINGS

Stromberg/Dotterrer m/s to approve the minutes of the May 9, 2006 Hearings Board.   Voice Vote:  Approved.

 

Dawkins/Stromberg m/s to approve the Findings for PA2006-00456, 2235 Ashland Street, Ashland Family YMCA.  Voice Vote:  Approved.

 

TYPE I PLANNING ACTIONS

PLANNING ACTION 2006-00793

REQUEST FOR SITE REVIEW APPROVAL FOR PHASE I (BUILDINGS A & B, AND A GROUP OF MINI STORAGE BUILDINGS) OF A MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT LOCATED UPON AN APPROXIMATELY SIX-ACRE PARCEL AT 550 MISTLETOE ROAD.  THE APPLICATION IS A RE-REVIEW OF A 2004 PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVAL WHICH HAS SINCE EXPIRED.  THE PROPOSAL INCLUDES REQUESTS FOR A TREE REMOVAL PERMIT AND A VARIANCE FROM THE MINIMUM REQUIRED NUMBER OF BICYCLE PARKING SPACES FOR THE MINI STORAGE PORTION OF THE PROJECT. 

APPLICANT: BURL BRIM

 

Stromberg asked that the language be changed where applicable (for example on page 3 of the Findings, “Unlike other uses that do not have a lot of associated bicycle trips…” should read “Unlike other uses that have a lot of associated bicycle trips…”). 

 

This action was approved.

 

PLANNING ACTION 2006-00875

REQUEST FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO MODIFY AN EXISTING NON-CONFORMING PORCH AND GARAGE AND A VARIANCE TO THE FRONT-YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 520 FAIRVIEW STREET.  THE REQUIRED FRONT YARD SETBACK IS 20 FEET, AND THE APPLICATION PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT AN OPEN FRONT PORCH TO WITHIN 15.75 FEET OF THE FRONT PROPERTY LINE. 

APPLICANT: STEWART WARD

 

This action was approved.

 

TYPE II PLANNING ACTIONS

PLANNING ACTION 2006-00878

REQUEST FOR A TREE REMOVAL PERMIT TO REMOVE A 30-INCH PONDEROSA PINE TREE FROM THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1505 SISKIYOU BOULEVARD.  THE TREE PROPOSED FOR REMOVAL IS LOCATED PARTIALLY WITHIN THE WALKER AVENUE RIGHT-OF-WAY. 

APPLICANT: STEVE MEISTER

 

Site Visits and Ex Parte Contacts Dawkins and Stromberg had a site visit. 

 

STAFF REPORT

Severson explained the applicant has provided two arborists’ reports identifying the tree as a hazard.  The tree has a significant bend 45 feet above ground representing a significant structural defect in the tree along with a wound below it that could allow decay, further destabilizing the tree.  Staff has recommended approval of this action.  The Tree Commission has reviewed it and concurs with a recommendation that the applicant plant three Ponderosa Pines to mitigate as an off-site mitigation.  The trees could be planted somewhere on City or Parks property within six months of the removal. 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

STEVE MEISTER, 870 Cypress Point Loop, agreed the tree has to come down.  He is willing to go along with whatever the Commission decides.  

 

COMMISSIONERS’ DISCUSSION AND MOTION

The Commissioners discussed the fairness of requiring the applicant to replace three trees due to the loss of one tree.  Dawkins noted the Ponderosa Pine is part of Ashland’s ecosystem and that once there had been a stand of Ponderosa Pines where the Ashland Shopping Center now sits.  He favored mitigating with three trees.  Dotterrer felt replacing with one tree would be more appropriate.

 

Stromberg/Dotterrer m/s to mitigate with two trees off-site.  Roll Call:  The motion carried unanimously.  Stromberg/Dawkins m/s to approve PA2006-00878.  Roll Call:  The motion carried unanimously.

 

ADJOURNMENT The meeting was adjourned at 1:55 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted by

Susan Yates, Executive Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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