Tuesday, July 20, 2004
MINUTES FOR THE REGULAR MEETING
CALL TO ORDER
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS & AWARDS
Ms. Delgado noted September 22, 2004 is "Car Free Day" and invited everyone to participate.
Consent Agenda items #3 and #4 were pulled for discussion.
Councilor Morrison/Jackson m/s to approve Consent Agenda items #1, #2 and #5. Voice Vote: All AYES. Motion passed.
Councilor Morrison/Amarotico m/s to approve Consent Agenda item #4 and Resolution #2004-29. Roll Call Vote: Laws, Amarotico, Hartzell, Jackson, Morrison and Hearn, YES. Motion passed.
Councilor Hartzell disclosed that she lived on East Main Street.
Councilor Hartzell/Morrison m/s to approve Consent Agenda item #3. Voice Vote: All AYES. Motion passed.
Public Hearing Open: 7: 41 p.m.
Ex Parte Contacts
Staff recommends the Council support the decision of the Hearings Board, who approved the application with 13 additional conditions.
Staff report included comments to the following issues raised in the
Ms. Harris noted this property is located in a Single-Family Residential Zone. She also stated a driveway shift will be necessary to provide additional parking space. Staff believes that approving the CUP for the accessory unit will not change the bulk or scale of the property. In addition, Staff believes that in terms of material affect on livability, there will not be a greater adverse impact than the target use of the property.
Council questioned if the owner's failure to obtain necessary building permits should be considered in the criteria for approval. Community Development Director John McLaughlin stated there was no change to the building footprint, however to address this issue, Council may want to add a condition that requires the owners to obtain all necessary inspections and permits. Ms. Harris further clarified Staff is not certain if the work done constitutes a violation.
In Favor of Applicant
Jim Romberg/698 Roca Street/Noted his length of residence in the community. Mr. Romberg commented on the "livability" and "diversity" of our community, and stated that affordable housing is necessary in order to maintain the vitality of Ashland. Mr. Romberg noted there are City ordinances that support this type of action and believes it is important to respect these ordinances.
Larry Morgan/271 Morton Street/Stated he is a former Planning Commissioner and commented on the importance of in-fill. Mr. Morgan urged the Council to approve this application, stating affordable housing combines very well with in-fill and also promotes diversity.
Nancy Beaver/335 High Street/Stated she currently lives in a unit similar to that proposed in this application. Ms. Beaver noted the affordability of these units and stated it is a "win-win" situation.
Sally Jones/881 S. Mountain Avenue/Voiced support for this project and noted her relationship with the applicant. Ms. Jones stated the applicant is trying to provide affordable units, which it what the community wants and needs. Ms. Jones noted the applicant lives close to the property and will not be an "absentee landlord". Ms. Jones expressed her full support of this application.
Rylan Heyerman/760 Tolman Creek Road/Spoke on behalf of his sister and parents who helped him build his current home. He noted the construction of an accessory unit on his property was crucial for them to be able to afford a home in Ashland. Mr. Heyerman believes the City standards are good and achieve the affordable housing goals. Mr. Heyerman encouraged the council to uphold this application.
Eve Terran/892 Garden Way/Letter in support of application was read into the record.
Mr. Robinson stated this is not just a case about 904 Garden Way, but also the larger question of accessory residential unit as a conditional use in R-1 zones. He feels that this is a matter of "livability" and urged the Council to reinstate the meaning of Single Family Residential in R-1 zones.
In Opposition of Applicant
Dick Trout/830 Garden Way/Voiced concern regarding the traffic on Garden Way and safety issues. Mr. Trout stated that adding additional units would only increase traffic on a street that is already too narrow with no sidewalks. Mr. Trout noted the lack of process by the applicant and that the required permits were not secured prior to their renovation. He feels the applicants should be held responsible for not following the required process.
Jim Fieguth/850 Garden Way/Read statement of opposition from Jack and Patty Ware into the record.
Karen Fieguth/850 Garden Way/Read statement of opposition into the record.
Jean Crawford/923 Harmony Lane/Read statement of opposition into the record.
Vern Crawford/923 Harmony Lane/Read statement of opposition from Denise and Gerald Hauck into the record.
Joanne Costantino/892 Harmony Lane/Shared her experience with duplex units and the related noise and traffic issues. Ms. Costantino expressed her concern with the house being rented as a duplex unit and questioned how future owners might use the property.
Lynn Costantino/892 Harmony Lane/Expressed his frustration that his exhibit was not brought to the Council Meeting as promised by Planning Staff. Mr. Costantino stated this project has had no architectural review and feels the front door should have been placed at the front of the house, so it would not disturb the neighbor. He stated this project was not done in the spirit of affordable housing, but rather is an ugly design done to collect maximum profits. Mr. Costantino asked that this application be denied based on the fact there was no architectural review.
Curt Bacon/891 Harmony Lane/Noted his property is located directly behind the applicant's. Mr. Bacon commented on how narrow Harmony Lane and Garden Way are, and the parking and traffic safety issues they face. Mr. Bacon expressed his disappointment, stating when he purchased his home it was zoned R-1 Single Family, and now it is being rented out for multi-family use.
Patty Knapp/902 Harmony Lane/Commented on how well she knows the neighborhood and the proximity of her home to the applicant's. Ms. Knapp shared her experience with a duplex unit located across the street, which was rented out to college students. Ms. Knapp shared the difficulty she experiences backing out of her driveway. She also questioned if this project meets the definition of affordable housing or whether the applicants just want extra income.
Jamie Brown/932 Garden Way/Noted her length of residence and urged the Council to reject the proposed accessory unit. Ms. Brown fears the standard of living will be greatly devalued by approving this application and feels the City should not encourage this type of development in this neighborhood.
Paul Giancarlo/916 Garden Way/Resides next door to the applicant's property. Mr. Giancarlo stated he will be the one most affected by the proposed changes and voiced his opposition to the project. Mr. Giancarlo noted the required building permits were not obtained and feels the applicant attempted to avoid the process. He noted the new entryway, which was placed 6 feet from his house, and noted that it could have been placed on the opposite side of the house. Mr. Giancarlo asked that if the Council does approve this application, they require a condition requiring the applicant to provide a fence in order to protect his property.
Public Hearing Closed: 9:30 p.m.
Eric Navickas/711 Faith Avenue/Spoke on behalf of the protesters in regards to the recently approved nudity ordinance and presented an educational session on human anatomy.
Colin Swales/461 Allison Street/Spoke regarding the line lot adjustment for the Sid and Karen DeBoer planning action. Mr. Swales requested the Council make an interpretation of several of the land use ordinances, and asked that this item be placed on a future council agenda.
Andrea Fraga/264 N. Mountain Avenue/Stated the Public Nudity Ordinance is a result of the tourist economy, and that this law has been imposed on Ashland's residents to appease outsiders. Ms. Fraga stated she participated in the nude protest and that most of the people who viewed the protest did not take offense.
Ryan Navickas/711 Faith Avenue/Asked the Council to place the issue regarding the nudity ordinance on the next agenda, as many people wish to comment.
NEW AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS
Mr. Hanson noted the significant trend in the snow sport business, with 3 of the last 4 years setting attendance records nationally. He stated growth in the Northwest exceeded that average, and demographics are showing good opportunities for growth over the next 10 years. Mr. Hanson stated the ski area operated for 115 days last season, total snow fall was above average at 350 inches, and total visitor count was 102,329, which was the third best season in the operation of Mt. Ashland. Financially, it was a good year with a net operating income of $161,000. The ski area received contributions totalling $145,000 and earnings and increases in investments of $49,000. Mr. Hanson stated their final financial statement will be produced after CPA review in August and will be delivered to the City's Finance Director in September.
Councilor Hartzell/Jackson m/s to extend meeting to 10:30 p.m. Voice Vote: All AYES. Motion passed.
Mr. Hanson stated the ski area will undergo lodge improvements for the upcoming year, including an expanded food service and new furnishings. Mr. Hanson noted a few of the concerns raised from the survey include parking, restrooms and food service location.
Suggestion was made that in the future, copies of letters from the ski area to federal agencies be provided to the Council.
Eric Navickas/711 Faith Street/Stated the Forest Service has shown negligence for this project. Mr. Navickas stated he visit Mt. Ashland last week and has never seen a bigger mess. He also noted serious erosion at the wastewater treatment facility. Mr. Navickas feels the ski area expansion will have severe impacts for generations to come, and encourages the public to visit this area and see the poor conditions for themselves.
2. Agreement for Services between the City of Ashland and the
Councilor Hartzell suggested the following changes to the Agreement:
Councilor Jackson asked that the Council determine the definition of "shoulder season", and submitted her proposed wording into the public record.
Councilor Hartzell/Morrison m/s to place item on the next council meeting agenda. Voice Vote: Hartzell, Morrison and Hearn, YES. Laws, Amarotico and Jackson, NO. Mayor, NO. Motion failed 3-4.
Staff informed the Council that they will bring the Agreement back to the Council for their continued discussion and approval.
ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS AND CONTRACTS
Councilor Jackson/Amarotico m/s to approve first reading of ordinance and move to second reading. Roll Call Vote: Amarotico, Jackson, Laws, Hartzell, Hearn and Morrison, YES. Motion passed.
Councilor Amarotico/Laws m/s to approve Ordinance #2911. Roll Call Vote: Amarotico, Jackson, Laws, Hartzell, Hearn and Morrison, YES. Motion passed.
Councilor Jackson/Morrison m/s to approve Resolution #2004-27. Roll Call Vote: Hearn, Laws, Morrison, Hartzell, Amarotico and Jackson, YES. Motion passed.
Councilor Laws/Amarotico m/s to approve Resolution #2004-28. Roll Call Vote: Jackson, Morrison, Hearn, Laws, Hartzell and Amarotico, YES. Motion passed.
Alan DeBoer, Mayor
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