Medford City Council Study Session
May 30, 2013
The meeting was called to order at noon in the Medford Room, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members present.
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers John Michaels, Karen Blair, Eli Matthews, Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn, Bob Strosser, Al Densmore and Chris Corcoran.
Ideas for Central Business District Amendments: Planning Director Jim Huber addressed the Council and provided the background for the purpose of the work being done. The Medford Code should reflect the vision for the community. With the work that has been done in the downtown by the Medford Urban Renewal Agency and individual property owners it is anticipated that this trend of revitalization will continue. Therefore the Medford Code should promote and encourage this trend. He described some of the issues that affect the planning for downtown.
1. Overlay boundaries do not match.
2. Multiple zoning districts
3. Vague code provisions
4. Reliance on discretionary commission review vs. specific standards
5. Lack of site and building design standards
6. Parking district waives parking standards but not in lad dev code
7. What uses are allowed or prohibited.
He spoke to the Main Street boot camp recently held in Medford and the five most important design standards of zero front setback; percentage of front lot line coverage, ground floor transparency; regular rhythm of building entrances; and primary entrance opens on primary shopping street.
Mr. Huber spoke to cleaning up the Comprehensive Plan and Medford Code to eliminate duplicate review in historic overlay; clarify vague provisions; create site and building design standards; address multiple boundaries, zoning districts and permitted/prohibited uses. He noted that the first of these items, the duplicate review in Historic Overlay, will be presented to the Planning Commission in the next two months.
Sally Densmore, President of the Heart of Medford Association, provided an update on the development of the Economic Improvement District. She noted that it is anticipated to be brought before the Council in the near future. Ms. Densmore noted that the Economic Improvement District will assist with items such as landscaping, amenities, promotion, and special events
The meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.