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Historic Commission Regular Meeting

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Meeting Minutes

June 6, 2012

Community Development/Engineering Services Building – 51 Winburn Way – Siskiyou Room
Historic Commissioners Present:  Dale Shostrom, Keith Swink, Tom Giordano, Ally Phelps, Sam Whitford, Allison Renwick, Terry Skibby, Victoria Law, Kerry KenCairn
Commission Members Absent:  Tom Giordano (e),
Council Liaison: Greg Lemhouse, absent
High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Planner: Amy Gunter


PUBLIC FORUM:   No one in the audience wished to speak.
  1. PLANNING ACTION:   PA-2012-00642
        SUBJECT PROPERTY:  614 Siskiyou Blvd.
       APPLICANT: Nola O’Hara
DESCRIPTION: A request for a Conditional Use Permit for a three-unit Travelers Accommodation including the owners unit at 614 and 616 Siskiyou Blvd; and a Conditional Use Permit to modify a legal non-conforming site. The business-owner resides on-site in the upstairs unit of the primary dwelling, and the 680 square foot downstairs unit plus the 575 square foot accessory structure in the rear will be the accommodation units.
Ms. Gunter explained the proposal, and that the non-conformity is in regards to the number of parking spaces which historically were required. The property is in good condition and has been well cared for. Staff has no concerns.
Mr. Witford moved to approve. The motion was seconded by Ms. KenCairn and was approved unanimously.
  1. PLANNING ACTION: 2012-00702
        SUBJECT PROPERTY: 212 E. Main Street
        APPLICANT: US Cellular
        DESCRIPTION: A request for Site Review approval for the replacement of three existing antennas with three new antennas, and the addition of two new cabinets to the existing platform on the roof of the Ashland Springs Hotel for the property located at 212 East Main Street. The proposal is to upgrade the existing wireless communication facilities to include 4G wireless technology. The total number of antennas is not proposed to increase, and the antennas will continue to be completely camouflaged within the building and parapet. 
        Ms. Gunter explained the proposal and discussed the camouflage of the radio frequency permeable panels and as with previous applications the replacement panels will be required to match the original building.  There was no owner or representative present and there was no one in the audience wishing to speak.  The public hearing was closed.
Mr. Shostrom made a motion to recommend approval of the project.  Mr. Swink seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
  1. Certified Local Government Grant (CLG)
The Commission discussed the goals of the educational aspects of the brochures, handouts and display boards that are to be completed in the 2012 CLG grant cycle. Primary focus is a comprehensive historical education. Focus on historic preservation and not so much on the history of Ashland. The audience is the property owners, contractors, plumbers, electricians, the lumber yards and material sales places, realtors, building designers and architects. The commission wants the documents to demonstrate that history provides a connection to your community and to personalize the history. Ideas for who to get assistance from were Western Oregon University, U of O, Historic Preservation League of Oregon, Comprehensive Plan Policy and existing Chamber of Commerce documents.
Commission also discussed if any grant money remains to create a Walking Tour brochure and a brochure on the history of Chinese in Ashland. The commission discussed a recent finding about Wa Chung, a prominent Chinese Railroad Agent and that he had eel ponds where the natatorium / Twin Plunges and now Umpqua Bank and the Co-Op sit.
A.  Review Board Schedule
June 7th    Terry, Keith, Ally
June 14th     Terry, Victoria, Kerry
June 21st    Terry, Allison, Ally
June 28th     Terry, Tom, Sam
July 5th     Terry, Allison, Victoria         
B.  Project Assignments for Planning Actions
BD-2011-00436 426 A St (Sidney Brown) Mixed Use Bldg  (permit issued 5-18-11)) Giordano
BD-2011-01029 400 Allison (Robin Biermann) New SFR  (Ready to issue) Whitford/Renwick
BD-2011-01079 134 Terrace (Allman) New SFR (issued 2-17-12) Whitford
BD-2011-00621 89 Oak St (Amorotico) New façade on building (under construction) Shostrom
PL-2012-00434 843 B St (Holzshu) ARU Renwick
PL-2012-00440 27 N Main (McKechnie) Comm Site Review Shostrom


It was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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