February 9, 2010
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Pam Marsh called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers,
John Rinaldi, Jr.
Bill Molnar, Community Development Director
Maria Harris, Planning Manager
Brandon Goldman, Senior Planner
Richard Appicello, City Attorney
April Lucas, Administrative Assistant
Eric Navickas, absent
Commissioner Marsh announced the vacancy on the Planning Commission and encouraged interested citizens to submit applications to the Mayorís Office.
Commissioner Rinaldi provided a brief update on the Economic Development Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). He stated the TAC has completed the Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats analysis and recommended they ask Project Manager Adam Hanks to come and provide a full presentation on the status. Commissioner Marsh asked staff to schedule this on a future agenda as soon as it is feasible.
A. Approval of Minutes.
1. January 12, 2010 Planning Commission Minutes.
2. January 26, 2010 Planning Commission Minutes.
Commissioners Morris/Blake m/s to approve Consent Agenda. Voice Vote: all AYES. Motion passed 8-0.
No one came forward to speak.
TYPE II PUBLIC HEARINGS
A. PLANNING ACTIONS: #2009-00726
SUBJECT PROPERTY: 720
APPLICANT: McDonald, Lynn & Bill
DESCRIPTION: Appeal by Bonnie Brodersen of the Staff Advisorís decision to approve a request for a modification of a previously approved Physical and Environmental Constraints Review Permit (PA-2006-01784) for the property located at
Per the Applicantís request, the public hearing was postponed to a future meeting.
A. PLANNING ACTION: #2009-01292
APPLICANT: City of Ashland
DESCRIPTION: A request to amend the Ashland Land Use Ordinance (ALUO) creating a new Chapter 18.53 Croman Mill, to amend the multiple chapters of the Ashland Land Use Ordinance to provide consistency with the new Chapter 18.53 Croman Mill (ALUO 189.08, 18.12.020, 18.61.042, 18.68.050, 18.70.040, 18.72.030, 18.72.080, 18.72.110, 18.72.120, 18.72.140, 18.72.180, 18.84.100, 18.88.070, 18.106), to amend the Ashland Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map to include the Croman Mill District, and to adopt the Croman Mill Site Redevelopment Plan as a supporting document to the Cityís Comprehensive Plan.
Commissioner Marsh noted there are members from the public who wish to speak and stated she is willing to re-open the public hearing on this action.
Planning Manager Maria Harris and Senior Planner Brandon Goldman provided a review of the issues that came up at the Commissionís January 12th discussion.
Ms. Harris noted the Memo included in the meeting packet presents two options regarding whether the property located at 650, 700 and
Ms. Harris explained that staff conducted a review of the approved projects at 650 and
Ms. Harris noted the question that came up at the last meeting about the distinction between major and minor adjustments for street layout modifications. She explained staff is proposing revised language that clarifies a major amendment would be eliminating a street or a transportation facility, and a minor amendment would be shifting a street or transportation facility by more than 25 ft.
Mr. Goldman reviewed the
Mr. Goldman noted the suggestion for a menu of green standards options. He clarified in the current draft Standards VIII-C-8 through VIII-C-12 have been separated into separate standards and made requirements instead of recommendations. However the Commission could consider changing the language to allow applicants to select one or more of the standards.
Ms. Harris reviewed the letter the City received from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) that was included in the Commissionís meeting materials. She explained the letter expressed concern with the proposed easement language for Phase II of the central boulevard and ODOT asked that this language be strengthened to be made clear that their maintenance yard property will need to be acquired. Additionally, they also raised questions about their ability to reconstruct the maintenance buildings should a fire or other event occur, and whether they would have to meet the Croman Design Standards. Ms. Harris added the ODOT letter also requests the City update the Transportation Analysis to reflect the phases of the central boulevard. She stated staff is recommending the Planning Commission continue their deliberations on the proposed Croman Plan to their February 23, 2010 meeting so that staff can bring back language modifications that address ODOTís concerns.
Mr. Goldman clarified the Cityís Transportation Commission reviewed the transportation elements of the Croman Plan at their meeting on January 21, 2010. Following their discussion, the Commission issued a recommendation for the Planning Commission and the City Council to allow the Transportation Commission to review the final design of the central boulevard before it is finalized and constructed. Mr. Goldman stated the Commissionís main concern was the cross sections of the central boulevard and for the bike lanes to be addressed further; but because of the minor amendment process they felt this could be accommodated at a later date.
Upon request, staff provided further clarification on Floor Area Ratios (
In regards to having drawings prepared that would show what buildings might look like on the site, staff indicated they have been in discussions with individuals who can perform this work and if the Commission feels this is important, staff can move forward this. It was noted it will take approximately 4-6 weeks to have someone prepare this information, but it can be ready by the time the Croman Plan goes before the City Council.
Commissioner Marsh re-opened the public hearing at 8:11 p.m.
Zach Brombacher/640 Tolman Creek Rd/Stated he is the owner of the printing company on
Commissioner Marsh questioned if Mr. DiRienzo could list any other specific elements in the proposed plan that he believes would make it cost prohibitive to develop on the Croman site. Mr. DiRienzo responded that the design of the street (infrastructure costs) as well as the some of the green standards (cited pervious concrete) could make it expensive to build. He stated he supports green building, but encouraged the City to promote it and provide a menu of options rather than making this a strict requirement.
Marilyn Briggs/590 Glenview Drive/Questioned why the City was moving towards strip zoning and why they are not promoting infill. Ms. Briggs stated there is a lot of office space available in town and voiced her opposition to allowing office space on the Croman site. She stated this should be light industrial space where people can earn a sustainable living wage. Ms. Briggs also voiced her concern with the southern end of the boulevard going through the existing farm and trailer park and stated they should stay with the existing
Commissioner Marsh closed the public hearing at 8:53 p.m.
Marsh noted the record will remain open and staff will be presenting options at their next meeting in regards to ODOTís issues. She recommended the Commission make their final recommendations at the next meeting and asked if anyone had any last questions. Commissioner Dawkins voiced his support for moving forward with this at tonightís meeting.
Commissioner Dawkins motioned for the Commission to move forward with a vote. Motion died to lack of a second.
Commissioner Mindlin noted the annexable land at the south end of the Croman site and questioned if staff considered leaving this as an E-1 designation when it is annexed instead of including it in the Croman Mill district. She stated by changing the underlying zone it may give the impression that the City has discussed this and deemed the Croman Mill mixed use zone to be the most appropriate use when this property is annexed. She suggested if they left this unchanged it may provide more flexibility later on.
Commission Dotterrer asked how the City will deal with the ODOT property and asked what their options are to make sure Phase II happens. He also noted the public input regarding development costs and asked if there is any analysis that can be done to ensure this plan will pencil out.
Commissioner Rinaldi asked if staff could provide further information regarding the access to Mr. DiRienzoís property. Ms. Harris clarified if the Commission decides to leave Mr. DiRienzoís property outside the Croman district, all of this becomes a non issue and he would not be subject to the Croman access requirements.
Commissioner Miller shared her concerns with the central boulevard, including ODOTís access, the boulevardís width and the cost to build it. She also asked if upgrading
Commissioner Marsh announced this public hearing will be continued at their February 23, 2010 meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30p.m.
April Lucas, Administrative Assistant