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Agendas and Minutes

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Historic Commission Regular Meeting

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Meeting Minutes

February 3, 2010


Community Development/Engineering Services Building – 51 Winburn Way – Siskiyou Room



Historic Commissioners Present: Dale Shostrom, Terry Skibby, Sam Whitford, Alex Krach, James Watkins, Henry Baker, Tom Giordano, Allison Renwick

Commission Members Absent:  Keith Swink

Council Liaison: Chairman Shostrom introduced the new City Council liaison, Russ Sibilger

High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Planner: Derek Severson; Clerk: Billie Boswell




Mr. Whitford moved to approve the January 6, 2009 minutes as presented and the motion was seconded by Mr. Skibby.   Ms. Renwick abstained due to being absent.   The minutes were approved unanimously by the remaining Commissioners.


PUBLIC FORUM:   There being no one wishing to speak, Chairman Shostrom closed the Public Forum.



PLANNING ACTIONS:  2010-00025              


APPLICANT:  Chris Iverson & Samantha Sperry/Ashland Cultural Center

DESCRIPTION:  A request for Site Review approval and a Conditional Use Permit to operate a restaurant and performing arts center in the existing building at 310 Oak Street.     COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION:  Employment; ZONING: E-1; ASSESSOR’S MAP #: 39 1E 09 BA; TAX LOT: 14000


Mr. Sibilger recused himself due to it being a quasi-judicial hearing.


Chairman Shostrom confirmed there were no ex parte contacts or any conflicts of interest.


Mr. Severson explained that the use would be an office and restaurant during daytime hours and there was adequate parking. At night the occupancy for the performing arts venue, up to 250 persons, would require additional parking.


The tenant, Christopher Iverson and manager, Chris Decker described the various parking options.  Mr. Iverson explained there would be no exterior changes to the building.  The venue would be alcohol free, organic, vegetarian, internet café.  Mr. Skibby asked about the entrance.  Mr. Iverson said it would be through the front main doors off the parking lot.  He shared that the building had been tested and there would be no outside noise issues.


There being no further questions and no one in the audience to speak, the public hearing was closed.


The Commissioners said the liked the plan and felt it was a good location.


Mr. Whitford made a motion to recommend approval and Mr. Baker seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.



A.  Historic Preservation Week (“Old is the New Green” May 9-15th) – Schedule of Events.  Mr. Skibby said he would do the Ashland Cemetery tour on Sunday, May 9th.  The Mausoleum would be opened for self-guided tours on Wednesday, May12th.  Mr. Skibby would work with the Tree Commission to do the Railroad District walking tour on Friday at 2:00 pm. The Historic Open House would follow at 3:00 pm.  Letters to all the downtown business owners would be prepared suggesting they coordinate a sidewalk sale or something similar during the open house time frame. Ms. Boswell said she could pass a copy of the letter to Mr. Faught, Public Works Director, who is active in the Rotary and ask him to discuss options with them for this event.  Mr. Severson said he would also pass the info on to Adam Hanks in Economic Development.


There were suggestions made about guest speakers such as George Kramer or Joe Peterson and possible venues for the Preservation Award Ceremony.  Ideas included 11 First St, the Railroad History Museum or the High School.  As an alternative, the Community Center was selected.  Ms. Boswell said that the Community Center was not available for Thursday, May 13th, so it was agreed that either Tuesday, the 11th or Wednesday, the 12th would also work.  Ms. Boswell agreed to book it in as a backup.  In the meantime, Mr. Giordano said he would talk to the owner of 11 First Street. The following were nominated for Historic Preservation awards:


11 First St – New Commercial                  128 Wimer – Residential Additions                    

219 Meade – Residential Addition             135 Susan – Residential Addition

170 Sherman – Residential Addition          973 C St – New Residential

132 Fifth St – New Residential Multi-family unit     637 East Main – New Commercial Unit

121 Sherman – New Residential Multi-family unit  

80 Baum – Residential Addition & Remodel

Ashland School District #5 – Civic               Joe Peterson – Individual


Chairman Shostrom and Mr. Skibby said they would take pictures prior to the next meeting.  The remaining Commissioners would view the proposed nominations and be prepared to make selections at the March meeting.


B.  Review Board Schedule


February 4th

Terry, Keith, Allison

February 11th

Terry, Alex, Henry

February 18th

Terry, Jim, Tom

February 25th

Terry, Sam, Dale

March 4th

Terry, Keith


C.  Project Assignments for Planning Actions – No project assignments were made.


160 Helman (Batzer-Comm Bldgs) {Expires 5/26/10}




175 Lithia Wy (formerly 165 Lithia) Archerd & Dresner-Mixed Use Bldg – (Expires 7/25/10)



165 W Fork – New SFR on hillside (Ashley Jensen) (Permit ready to issue)



568 E Main St (McKechnie) Cucina Biazzi enclosed dining area (Permit approved-not issued; expires 8/10/10. )



426 A St (Sidney Brown) Mixed Use Bldg  (No permit yet; expires 8/28/10)



155-157 Sixth St (Renwick) Addition (under construction)



255 E Main (Ashland Elks) Balcony on rear  (No permit yet; expires 8/27/10.)



163 N Pioneer (Intatto Coffee) Coffee shop & roaster  (in review)



D.  Exits 14 & 19 – Mr. Giordano said the State had changed the design of the light fixture poles on both exits.




A.  Mr. Krach said he had arranged a site meeting on Friday, Feb. 5th with Mark Knox at 440 Granite Street to discuss alternatives to demolishing the historic home.  Mr. Severson reminded the Commissioners that a meeting involving more than 3 commissioners would require public noticing for a sub-committee meeting.  The Commissioners that were interested in going would coordinate their times between 11:00 and 11:30.


B.  Mr. Severson informed the Commissioners that there had been talk of a zoning change, possibly “mixed use” for the properties on Winburn Way from the Community Development building to the parking lot/ice rink. 


Mr. Krach handed out information about a Heritage Assessment survey online.



It was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 6:15 p.m

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