Amendments to Land Use Ordinance
|Meeting Date: October 15, 2007||Primary Staff Contact: David Stalheim|
|Department: Community Development||E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Secondary Dept.:||Secondary Contact: Bill Molnar or Adam Hanks|
|Approval: Martha Bennett||Estimate Time: 45 minutes|
|This is an update to the Council regarding the status of the proposed amendments to the Ashland Land Use Ordinance to address Siegel issues, procedure changes and other topics identified by staff and the Planning Commission.|
|In 2005, two reports were commissioned to address concerns raised by the Council and community regarding conflicting and unclear portions of the land use ordinance and the planning process. The Community Development and Planning Division Operational and Organizational Review by Zucker Systems was completed in February 2006. This Review focused on the planning process.
The other report, known as the Siegel Planning Report, was completed in April 2006. The Siegel Report focused specifically on the Land Use Ordinance.
From June 2006 until February 2007 a subcommittee comprised of members of the Planning Commission, a City Councilor and a member of the Planning Department staff reviewed the recommendations of the Siegel Report. This subcommittee identified issues within the Land Use Code that needed clarification and could be accomplished.
From January through June 2007, staff worked with the Planning Commission to review the planning program in Ashland, including land use procedures. This review also included an analysis of Oregon statutes and the application of procedures in Ashland. The Director provided the Planning Commission with alternatives and recommendations on procedures.
On June 12, 2007, the Ashland Planning Commission decided to move forward on proposed amendments to the Ashland Land Use Ordinance regarding proposed procedural changes.
On July 24, 2007, Community Development staff propose draft amendments to the Ashland Land Use Ordinance that included both procedural changes and substantive amendments partially based on the Siegel report. This draft was reviewed by the Ashland Planning Commission on July 31, 2007. The Planning Commission scheduled a public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Ashland Land Use Ordinance for September 11, 2007.
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on September 11th and October 4th. The Planning Commission reconvened the committee to review the details of the ordinance. This committee will make a decision on a recommendation about the ordinance to the Planning Commission on October 23, 2007.
The proposed amendments can be broken into two areas:
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|This is a study session to inform the Council as to the potential recommendations coming forth from the Planning Commission. If the Council had concerns about any one area, the Council could request that the Planning Commission address that issue.|
|Attachments: Click on the PDF files below to view the attachments.|
The recommendations of the Planning Commission Land Use Ordinance committee will hopefully be available for distribution at the work session.