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Study Session

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Monday, May 06, 2019

CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION

MINUTES
Monday, May 6, 2019
Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street

 
Mayor Stromberg called the Study Session to order at 5:32 PM
 
Councilors Slattery, Graham, Seffinger and Jensen were present.  Councilors Akins and Rosenthal were absent. 
 
  1. Public Input (15 minutes, maximum)
 
Paul Sheldon – Ashland – Thanked Council for their service.  Spoke regarding electromagnetic fields. He urged Council to stand up and look into this issue.
 
Gil Livny – Ashland- Spoke regarding the Ashland flood plain. Spoke regarding the map of Ashland’s flood line areas. He spoke that the map is outdated and needs to be updated.  Councilor Slattery asked that this be brought back to Council. 
 
  1. Ashland Housing Strategy Implementation Plan Draft
 
Senior Planner Brandon Goldman presented Council a PowerPoint presentation (see attached).
 
Items discussed were:
  • Background.
  • Ashland Housing Strategy Draft.
  • Regional Problem Solving.
  • How to accommodate future growth in the existing City limits.
  • Outline of housing strategies.
  • Technical Assistant Grant.
  • Reevaluation of building heights. 
  • Tax abatement programs.
  • Code amendments.
 
Becky Hewitt of ECONorthwest presented Council a PowerPoint presentation (see attached).
 
Items discussed were:
  • Obstacles for multifamily rental housing developments in Ashland.
  • Multi-family zoning map.
  • Analyzed market data.
  • Obstacles.
  • Cost burden.
  • Ownership market.
  • Analysis of Code amendments.
  • Zones.
  • Height changes.
  • Density limits.
  • Parking.
  • Efficient use of land.
  • Financial feasibility.
  • Property tax abatement. 
 
Council discussed options and next steps.  Council directed Staff to work with the local construction and development community as they continue to look into options. Council gave consensus to have this item brought back to a future meeting. 
 
The Study Session was adjourned at 7:15 PM
 
 
Respectfully submitted by:
 
_________________________________________
City Recorder Melissa Huhtala
 
 
Attest:
 
_________________________________________
Mayor Stromberg

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