MINUTES FOR THE NORMAL NEIGHBORHOOD WORKING GROUP
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street
Pam Marsh called the meeting to order at 4:34 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
Mayor Stromberg, Michael Morris, Michael Dawkins, Rich Kaplan, Brandon Goldman, and Bill Molnar were present.
Mayor appointed Councilor Marsh as chair pro-tem.
1. Consent Agenda
Dawkins/Kaplan M/S to approve the minutes as presented. Voice Vote; all ayes. Motion passes.
2. Discussion items
Marsh reviewed the focus of each meeting agreed upon at the last meeting. She explained the mapping “homework” she asked each of the group members to do, requesting that they filled out a map of the area as they would like to see the zoning and housing concentrations. She noted that the group is not wiping the slate clean, but rather were using this exercise to find out their places of agreement.
Each group member explained their maps and shared the reasons for locating densities in the plan. They also discussed connections with areas outside the plan.
Marsh thanked the group for their participation and appreciated their creativity.
The group discussed annexation pros/cons. They discussed why this plan was being done even without complete annexation. They discussed how annexation has density and affordable housing requirements and how that is reflected in the plan.
The group discussed commercial zoning in the plan. Asked staff for examples of the types of businesses allowed in the current plan. Staff explained that the types would be limited by size and probably wouldn’t come into play until there was a high enough build-out of homes in the area to make businesses viable. The group discussed whether or not it was important to keep commercial zonings in the plan.
Group discussed the things they found consensus on within each of their maps from the mapping exercise. They included:
- Transition from south to north in density (i.e. higher densities closer to Ashland Street and amenities)
- Maintaining the East Main Street view plain (i.e. lower densities along East Main Street)
- Moderate density levels in the interior of the plan
- More grid-like streets for better connectivity
- Use of zoning language more typical of the rest of the city’s zoning labels
- Maintaining of open space – they will discuss this further in their upcoming conservation discussion
The group requested that staff see if they can do a “joint” map, using all the maps provided by the group. They would like to then see who that plan compares to the overall density goal. They would also like staff to make the plan using the traditional R-1, R-2, etc. zoning designations.
3. Public Input
thanked the group for their work. Appreciated it’s challenges as the discussion reflected art vs. science of the plan. He prefers annexation and is concerned with how this fits into the context of the entire city, not just this small area. The plan currently focused outside in, he would like it focused inside out.
likes the process so far. He hopes this plan becomes something more like N. Mountain and less like Croman by having the group be connected to the people who actually own the land there.
: Appreciates sustainability as part of the plan. Thinks there needs to be either parks, with garden plot space for community gardening, or room for food gardening in each back yard. The group should have placeholders in the plan for keeping the open space for a sense of place. She is concerned that with a grid-like street system, and with no school to slow it down, the traffic will be too fast. She appreciated the circuitous street plan for the potentially slower traffic patterns but understands and appreciates the need for more connectivity. She wants the group to remember “like next to like” when transitioning from nearby neighborhoods.
4. Future Meeting Dates
The group decided the next meeting would occur on July 24 at 4:00 pm, in the Siskiyou Room. The meeting following will be August 21, at 4:30 in the Siskiyou Room.
Meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m.