COVID-19: City Hall and Lausmann Annex are closed until further notice.
Please note: Municipal Court is conducting business by phone. Please call 541-774-2040.
Click here for more information.


Agenda & Minutes

When available, the full agenda packet may be viewed as a PDF file by clicking the "Attachments" button and selecting the file you want to view.

Agendas are posted until the meeting date takes place.  Minutes are posted once they have been approved.

Mayor & Council (View All)

City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, March 08, 2018

March 8, 2018

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

1.         Sewer Master Plan
2.         Park Zone Direction

March 8, 2018

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Medford Room of the Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan, Michael Zarosinski
City Manager Brian Sjothun; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts;
Councilmember Dick Gordon was absent.
Sewer Master Plan
Alex Georgevitch spoke regarding the sanitary sewer master plan, outlining the history, the creation of the technical advisory group (TAG), and to discuss the next steps:
  • Sanitary sewer master plan is being updated to support the Urban Growth Boundary expansion
  • The document plans for current system needs plus future expansion areas
  • Previously plan was completed in 2005; this draft completed in 2017
    • Public input received
  • TAG created and met four times throughout the process
    • Nearly 60 questions submitted to TAG
    • Carollo to address 20 remaining policy and procedural questions
  • Mayor changes to the plan include:
    • Revise Southeast Alternative to better meet demands
    • Adds language to provide flexibility in construction
    • Address separate priorities for capacity vs. maintenance
    • Eliminate sewer surcharge criteria of 2-feet above crown
    • Modify maps to show proper UGB limits
  • Other changes to the plan include:
    • Several minor criteria changes and/or edits
    • City to maintain model as improvements are made
    • Several clarifications for technical data
  • Next steps
    • Currently negotiating change order with Carollo to address changes
    • Anticipate final sanitary sewer plan will be completed by summer
    • No other study sessions planned unless requested
    • Council adoption
    • Final System Development Charge adjustment after adoption
  • Don’t know what Carollo will give us as guidance
  • TAG will work until completion
  • This will be a living document
Park Zone Direction
Sarah Sousa outlined the reasons behind creating a new zoning criteria entitled “Public Parks Zoning”:
  • Would more accurately reflect the use of the land as a park or trail
  • Differentiates between residential, commercial, or industrial lands
  • Planning Commission held three study sessions; also three meetings with the Parks Department
  • Outlined proposed general land use plan map amendments for
    • 1061 Dillon Way, 2801 Merriman Road and 12 newer parks in the system
  • Land Development Code Amendment
    • Land Use approval
      • Park Development review (similar to a CUP)
      • Private parks or parks not within the Public Parks zone would be subject to CUP
      • Most uses would be accessory to a park
    • Site Development Standards
      • < >Clarified which landscaping standards apply to parks
      • Added signage allowance
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment
    • Public Facilities Element
      • Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services
    • General Land Use Plan Element
  • Staff will finalize project with Council’s support
  • If Council does not want to add a new Public Parks zone, the minor comprehensive plan map amendments would still be needed
  • Next Steps
    • Finalize draft
    • Planning Commission hearing on April 12, 2018
    • Council hearing on May 17, 2018
  • Staff sought direction from Council to move forward with the Public Parks zoning amendment
Council discussed:
  • Parks zone designations in Bend, Salem, Central Point
  • Evident to the public where parks are located
  • One public hearing for all changes presented
  • Planning Director to make Type 2 Administrative decision with notice
  • No buffer requirements were proposed, but usually includes landscaping or a wall between parks and residential areas
  • Council agreed to zone creation as presented

The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder

© 2021 City Of Medford  •  Site Handcrafted in Ashland, Oregon by Project A


Share This Page

Back to Top