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Planning Commission Special Mtg

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

JANUARY 26, 2016
Chair Melanie Mindlin called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 East Main Street.
Commissioners Present:   Staff Present:
Michael Dawkins
Melanie Mindlin
Haywood Norton
Roger Pearce
Lynn Thompson
  Maria Harris, Planning Manager
Derek Severson, Associate Planner
April Lucas, Administrative Supervisor
Absent Members:   Council Liaison:
Troy J. Brown, Jr.
Debbie Miller
  Greg Lemhouse, absent
Commissioner Dawkins provided an update on the new entry signs and stated the proposed signs will be available for viewing on Friday, February 5 at the Ashland Art Center.
Planning Manager Maria Harris announced the City Council approved the marijuana ordinance with two modifications: 1) to allow up to six outdoor plants for medical marijuana patients, and 2) to require a 1,000 ft. separate between wholesale and production facilities.
No one came forward to speak.
  1. Adoption of Findings for PA-2015-01856, 229 W Hersey Street.
  2. Adoption of Findings for PA-2015-02038, 85 Winburn Way
No ex parte contact was reported.
Commissioners Thompson/Dawkins m/s to approve the Findings for PA-2015-01856 and PA-2015-02038. Voice Vote: all AYES. Motion passed unanimously.
  1. Airport Overlay Code Updates.
Associate Planner Derek Severson provided a presentation on the proposed changes to the Airport Overlay. He explained the changes would streamline the review process and would:
  • Adopt the most recent Master Plan as a supporting document to the Ashland Comprehensive Plan.
  • Provide a ministerial review process for permitting conventional hangars.
  • Add a parking ratio for conventional hangars.
  • Change the height limitations from the current 20 ft. maximum.
  • Allow tree trimming or removal for safety reasons as mandated by the F.A.A. without requiring permits.
Mr. Severson noted the commission held a prior study session on this item but staff wanted to bring the final ordinance before the group before this comes back for the formal public hearing.
Questions of Staff
Staff was asked if there are plans to significantly develop the airport over time. Mr. Severson noted the layout plan shows where development will occur, but he is not aware of anything currently being pursued. He noted people have been hesitant to construct new hangars due to the complexity of the current standards and this modification will free up this option. He added a new airport master plan is also in the works and will be adopted in the next year or two. Commissioner Pearce commented on FAA Part 77 surfaces and stated he does not believe any of these will be a problem but suggested this be addressed in the new master plan.
No other questions or issues were raised.
Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.
Submitted by,
April Lucas, Administrative Supervisor


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