ASHLAND PLANNING COMMISSION
(CONTINUATION OF REGULAR MEETING OF NOVEMBER 12, 2002)
NOVEMBER 26, 2002
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Mike Gardiner called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. Other Commissioners present were John Fields, Kerry KenCairn, Russ Chapman, Marilyn Briggs, Mike Morris, and Ray Kistler. Colin Swales and Alex Amarotico were absent. Staff present were John McLaughlin, Bill Molnar and Sue Yates.
CONTINUATION OF PLANNING ACTION 2001-117
250 CLAY STREET
Molnar said there are 24 suggested Conditions. In addition, the Commissioners discussed four added Conditions: (1) Construction of a solid wood fence along the north property line to keep animals out of the neighboring pasture, (2) the final utility plan to make provisions for piping Talent Irrigation District or irrigation rights to that neighboring property, (3) the diversion of any storm water runoff into the wetland from any impervious surfaces be reviewed and approved by the State permitting authorities, including the Dept. of Environmental Quality, and (4) that a final landscaping plan incorporate the revisions as directed by the Tree Commission.
Molnar explained that the Commissioners will be making a decision on Outline Plan and Site Review and a separate motion for a recommendation to be forwarded to the Council regarding the annexation request.
Gardiner noted there would be no more public testimony, only Commissioner discussion.
COMMISSIONERS’ DISCUSSION AND MOTION
KenCairn said with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Dept. of Environmental Quality, and Division of State Lands backing the storm drain plan, make it hard not to accept the plan.
Briggs referred to a letter from the property owners to the south. They talked about the extension of the wetland being changed from its natural location and moving laterally to the west. At the last meeting Briggs was concerned about all the cars for the affordable units backing up so close to the neighboring manufactured home park. The neighbors in that park would have less intrusion if Lot 25 and 26 traded places with the six affordable units and the manmade wetland follows the east line moving into the southeast corner. It would also eliminate the need for any culverts. KenCairn said if the topographic map in the packet is correct, that would dictate where the wetland lies. If you try to move it, it fights grade.
Fields one of the things from last month is that the two-way street is important to traffic flow. And, the wetland mitigation is justified by connecting Abbott Street. He believes there is some loss with the whole wetland jurisdiction. Is it minimal? That is the balance. Are they satisfying DEQ and all the governing agencies, are the applicants doing everything to make this development as successful as possible and are they meeting the criteria? It seems like the Conditions cover it. The annexation works. The pieces are in place that makes the application apply. He is not fully convinced the wetlands issue is resolved, however, he is hearing that greater authorities with jurisdiction. Fields moved to approve PA2002-117 for Outline Plan and Site Review with the 24 existing Conditions and the four added Conditions above.
Molnar noted that the natural wetland that exists on the site is pretty much being kept with the exception of disturbing for the street crossing and the driveway crossing.
Chapman seconded the motion.
Briggs mentioned the traffic issues on the old Abbott noted by the neighbors. Gardiner said if the neighbors want speed bumps, there are avenues that they can pursue such as through the Traffic Safety Commission.
Briggs also noted the neighbors requested that 85 percent of the units be owner-occupied so the affordable stays affordable. McLaughlin said he is not sure it is legal through government regulations. They can discuss it as part of the Housing Action Plan.
The motion carried unanimously.
Chapman moved to recommend the annexation of the proposed property to the City Council. KenCairn seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
ADJOURNMENT- The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.