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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, April 28, 2016

12:00 PM
Medford City Hall, Medford Room
411 West Eighth Street, Third Floor
Medford, Oregon
  1. Urban Growth Boundary

12:00 PM
Medford City Hall, Medford Room
411 West Eighth Street, Third Floor

Medford, Oregon

The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 12:00 p.m. in the Medford Room of Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski
Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran and Dick Gordon were absent
City Manager Pro Tem Bill Hoke; City Attorney Lori Cooper; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard; Principal Planner John Adam; Attorney Jeff Condit from Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn LLP
Urban Growth Boundary
Principal Planner John Adam walked the Council through the amendments made to the findings and the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan that constitute the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) amendment. He noted particular changes that came from the testimony:
  • The Annexation Policies contain mitigation measures recommended by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for the elk range that touches the far eastern inclusion area
  • New provision in the Urban Growth Management Agreement to prevent rezoning of property in the City’s UGB. This was suggested by County staff in light of a recent case where unincorporated property was being rezoned to low-density residential, which would be disruptive to realization of the Southeast Plan
  • Jeff Condit, Attorney from Miller, Nash et al. prepared new findings to support Council’s adherence to adopted housing needs analysis
  • Staff borrowed from Zarosinski’s summation to supplement the finding
  • Process will take at least six months to finalize if County approves
Councilmember Zarosinski asked why there was a complete history of the City’s position on the “excess” 153 acres instead of just leaving it out entirely. Mr. Adam believed it was important to show the evolution of the argument. It was bound to be a matter of discussion at subsequent stages of adoption; it seemed better to have all the information up front.
The meeting adjourned to the Executive Session at 12:18 p.m.
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder


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