ASHLAND PLANNING COMMISSION
MARCH 31, 2009
|CALL TO ORDER|
Chair Michael Dawkins called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 East Main Street.
Community Development Director Bill Molnar noted the Recommended Council Goals Memo that staff had prepared and stated if needed they could discuss this after the Master Plan Presentation.
|SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MASTER PLAN UPDATE|
Mr. Molnar provided a brief history of the Southern Oregon University Master Plan. He explained the first plan was done in the 1950s and updated in the 1960s to establish the campus boundaries. In the late 1970s and early 1980s the City became more actively involved in the Plans after the adoption of the Oregon Statewide Planning Program which created a coordination requirement. In 1979 the City approved a Cooperation Agreement with the University, adopted the 1980-1990 Campus Plan, and added Chapter 18.64 to the Municipal Code. The Master Plan has continued to be updated every 10 years and the Cooperation Agreement signed in 1979 is still in place. Mr. Molnar explained a few months ago the University began the process to create the 2010-2020 Master Plan and tonight Eric Ridenour with SERA Architects is here to present some of the options the University has been discussing.
Mr. Eric Ridenour introduced himself to the Commission and explained SERA Architects was hired by the University to assist with their Master Plan update. He stated the University has conducted site visits, spoke with key stakeholder groups, have held general public forums and are at a point where they are honing in on a preferred alternative. He stated the next steps in this process will involve preparing the Draft Master Plan, coming back to the Planning Commission for a public hearing, and continuing on to the City Council for adoption of the Plan.
Mr. Ridenour delivered a presentation to the Commission which addressed the following objectives and options for the 2010-2020 SOU Master Plan:
Mr. Ridenour's presentation also indicated the University would incorporate sustainability by: 1) increasing efficiency of the residence halls and academic buildings, 2) utilizing renewable energy development and water conservation measures, and 3) integrating sustainability teaching into the curriculum. He also commented on transportation demand management and encouraged the Commission's input on this subject. Mr. Ridenour noted the City's parking space requirement and commented on possible amendments to this requirement for the University.
Mr. Ridenour concluded his presentation by proving the timeline for the 2010-2020 Master Plan adoption process and asked if the Commission had any questions. He clarified approximately 25% of students currently live on campus and the goal is to increase this figure to 35%-50%. Several comments were made voicing support for the preferred plan, including the creation of a sense of entry along Siskiyou Blvd and development of mixed use housing along Ashland Street. Additional suggestions were made to include transportation planning in this process and looking into possible amendments to the University's parking requirements.
Mr. Molnar noted the timeline reviewed by Mr. Ridenour and stated staff would bring forward updates as this process moves forward.
|1.||Recommended Council Goals Memo|
No changes where requested to the Memo. Mr. Molnar indicated staff would submit the Memo as presented for inclusion in the Council's Goal Setting packet.
Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
April Lucas, Administrative Assistant