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Agendas and Minutes

Historic Commission (View All)

Regular Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, November 07, 2001

November 7, 2001



The Historic Commission met at 6:00 in the Community Center to discuss goals it would like to work on throughout the next year. Members present were Terry Skibby, Dale Shostrom, Joan Steele, Keith Chambers, Gary Foll, Jay Leighton and Rob Saladoff. Also present were Associate Planner Mark Knox and Secretary Sonja Akerman. Members Bob Meiser and Kay Maser were absent. Because of other commitments, Meiser will be resigning. The following goals were most important to the members:

  • Evaluate Conditional Use Permit criteria as it relates to design. Create design standards for new homes and additions. in the Historic District.
  • Work on making more detail mandatory for submittal requirements for building permits and planning actions, especially in the Historic District.
  • Work on enlargement of the local Historic District.
  • Promote awareness of Historic Commission services through public education and workshops (i.e. bungalow/kitchen workshop with SOHS, web site presentation, etc.).
  • Conduct workshops/panel discussions for architects, designers, contractors and owners using historic context issues.
  • Work on survey of historic monuments in the City - photos and brief summary of each.

Other goals discussed were are follows (some are ongoing or can be accomplished with minimal effort):

  • Finish Siskiyou-Hargadine District National Register Nomination (most of the work has been completed on this).
  • Re-evaluate the pros and cons of bed & breakfast properties (will be ongoing with the planning staff).
  • Create standards for awnings (staff will work with Historic Commission members and Bill Welch from Deluxe Awning).
  • Continue Ashland/Jacksonville brown bag lunch workshops (will be ongoing).
  • Continue to work with staff for more pre-application definition on larger projects (ongoing).
  • Realtor education regarding historic properties (ongoing when opportunity arises).
  • Analyze conflicting uses and zoning (ongoing with planning staff).
  • Streamline meeting procedures and stay focused on the subject matter; non-repetitive comments unless very important (ongoing with each member).
  • Get frame for large matted board that Maser created for National Historic Preservation Week; perhaps get mat cut (if existing one won't work) so it one can be used each year by replacing photos, etc. (will use Historic Commission budget to accomplish).
  • Decide on where signs relative to Ashland National Register Districts should be placed at entrances to city (Steele, Shostrom, Leighton and Foll will work on this).


Knox announced the October 29 meeting with the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation on the Siskiyou-Hargadine District went well. The State now wants an inventory of all secondary structures in the four Historic Districts and will provide funding for this. The final decision on the Siskiyou-Hargadine District will be around the end of February.

The next Historic Commission meeting will be on December 5.


Pioneer Mike Vandalism - Skibby passed around photos of the statue as it is now, with an arm missing and the historic lamps gone. Knox stated the man responsible was apprehended and the statue's arm and rifle were recovered. The Electric Department will get fixtures as close as possible to the ones that were broken and blacksmith Dennis DeBey, who has previously worked on the statue, has been consulted regarding the broken arm and rifle. The City is doing all it can to get Pioneer Mike properly fixed.

Land Use Ordinance/Comprehensive Plan Discussion - Knox briefly discussed the need to change the Conditional Use Permit criteria as it relates to design, mass, scale and compatibility, referencing a recent planning action.


Review Board - Following is the November schedule for the Review Board, which meets every Thursday from 3:00 to at least 3:30 p.m. in the Planning Department:

November 8

Skibby, Steele and Foll

November 15

Skibby, Chambers and Saladoff

November 21

Skibby, Shostrom and Maser

November 29

Skibby, Leighton and Steele

Project Assignments for Planning Actions - There was no need to appoint anyone for PA #2001-107 (which was heard later).

PA #99-108

340 Oak Street (A Street Marketplace)


PA #2000-039

410 Siskiyou Boulevard (library)


PA #2000-052

220 Fourth Street (Robert Lombardi)


PA #2000-074

15 South Pioneer Street (OSF)


PA #2000-106

239 Oak Street (Oak Street Station)


PA #2000-107

House Move to Laurel Street (Jim Lewis)


PA #2000-124

51 Winburn Way (Hillah Temple)


PA #2001-021

215 Scenic Drive (Steve Koskella & Linda Chesney)


PA #2000-120

485 "A" Street (Steve Hoxmeier)


PA #2001-042

472 Scenic Drive (Kirt Meyer & Vadim Agakhanov)


PA #2001-029

455 Siskiyou Boulevard (Fire Station)


PA #2001-047

269 Maple Street (Ashland Orthopedic Association)


PA #2001-052

39 Fourth Street (Jean Moseley)


PA #2001-064

237 North First Street (Ashland Comm. Food Store)


PA #2001-063

544 "B" Street (Richard & Leslie Lovett)


PA #2001-059

50 Sixth Street (Qwest)


PA #2001-079

685 East Main Street (Talent Properties)


PA #2001-075

348 Iowa Street (Eva Cooley)


PA #2001-078

107 Manzanita Street (Casey Mitchell)


PA #2001-088

61 Nutley Street (William Machado & Denise Byron)




At 8:00 p.m., Chairperson Shostrom officially called the meeting to order.


Chambers moved and Steele seconded to approve the minutes of the October 3, 2001 meeting as submitted. The motion was unanimously passed.


Planning Action 2001-107
Modification of Previously Approved Conditional Use Permit and Site Review
111, 117 and 119 Third Street
Colonel Silsby's Bed and Breakfast

Knox explained the applicants own two adjacent properties that comprise the historic home at 111 Third Street (currently approved for four guest units plus the owner's unit) on one property, and a rental house and guest house (currently approved as a one unit traveler's accommodation) on the other property. The applicants are proposing to move out of the historic house into the rental house, then converting their former unit into another guest unit, which would thus result in a total of seven units (including the owner's). No exterior or interior changes are proposed for the three structures.

Steele asked if the Historic Commission would review the application again if changes were made that are not in the current proposal and Knox responded it would. Skibby stated the only impact on the community he can see would be the loss of a rental unit.

Chambers moved and Foll seconded to recommend approval of this application. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.


It was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.

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