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Planning Commission Study Session Agenda and Minutes
Monday, November 25, 2019
The regular meeting of the Planning Commission was called to order at 12:00 noon in the Medford Lausmann Annex, Room 151, 200 S. Ivy Street, Medford, Oregon on the above date with the following members and staff in attendance:
Mark McKechnie, Chair
Joe Foley, Vice Chair
David McFadden, Unexcused Absence
E.J. McManus, Excused Absence
Jared Pulver, Excused Absence
Eric Mitton, Deputy City Attorney
Carla Paladino, Principal Planner
Sarah Sousa, Planner IV
20.1 ZC-19-018 / GLUP-19-005 City Initiated Zone Change / Annual Parks Zone Updates
Sarah Sousa, Planner IV reported that the City changed the General Land Use Plan Designation of approximately 500 acres as part of the Urban Growth Boundary Amendment process in 2014. The purpose was to improve the efficiency of the land. While the General Land Use Plan map designation of those area were changed, the City did not follow up with corresponding zone change.
In order to follow through with that process while also encouraging more housing, the Planning Director came up with the City-Initiated Zone Change Program. City staff processes zone changes on behalf of property owners free of cost (property owners have to consent in writing). Eligible properties for the program would be properties that were changed to a higher density residential designation as part of the UGB process; and around an acre in size or less.
Staff sent two rounds of letters out to eligible property owners, held meetings with interested parties, collected written consents to rezone (23 properties included), and met with a traffic engineer who is providing a scope of work to evaluate potential impacts of the rezones.
Consents are from four properties in the Coker Butte / Springbrook area. They are zoned SFR-00 and eligible for MFR-15 zoning.
There are thirteen consents from properties on Charlotte Ann Road. They are zoned SFR-00 and eligible for MFR-20 zoning.
There are five consents from properties on Westwood and Orchard Home zoned SFR-6 and eligible for MFR-15 and MFR-20 zoning. There is one consent from a property on Stewart Avenue with the zoning SFR-00 and eligible for MFR-20 zoning.
Commissioner Culbertson asked, wasn’t one of the properties an application that came before the Planning Commission to change to MFR-30 or was it MFR-20? Ms. Sousa replied it is MFR-15. Carla Paladino stated that properties south of Westwood are UM and would be MFR-15.
Commissioner Mansfield asked, has there been property owners that staff approached that have said no they do not want to change? Ms. Sousa replied yes. Commissioner Mansfield asked, is that a large or small number? Ms. Sousa replied there have only been a few.
There are two more properties interested on Charlotte Ann Road.
The next steps is that staff is waiting for results of a traffic analysis. They anticipate begin processing zone changes in early 2020.
Vice Chair Foley asked, what does processing zone changes mean? Will they come before the Planning Commission? Ms. Sousa replied yes. However, they are considered a major zone change so the City Council is the deciding body.
Chair McKechnie asked, is there criteria for the acre or less? Ms. Sousa replied yes. Chair McKechnie asked, do platted lots owned by the same people fit this criteria? Ms. Sousa responded that the owners that live in that area (Charlotte Ann Road) received letters encouraging them to participate. The front properties are designated for Commercial. Chair McKechnie’s understanding is that Habit for Humanity owns four lots. Ms. Sousa replied that she knows they own two but may own more. Chair McKechnie asked, does staff combine those to determine whether or not they meet the acre or less criteria? Ms. Sousa responded they have a few that are over an acre. They are trying to keep them an acre or less. Chair McKechnie asked, what if they are owned by the same owner. Ms. Sousa replied they are treated individually.
Ms. Sousa reported staff is working on an Annual Parks Zoning Update. The City adopted the Parks Zone in 2018. It was applied to publicly owned trails and parks in Medford. The Planning Department will be doing annual updates to add the Parks and Schools GLUP and the Parks Zone to newly acquired parkland or trails. Adding the Parks and Schools General Land Use Plan designation and the corresponding Parks Zone to the following properties:
371W16BC100 Cedar Landing Open Space
371W16BC200 Cedar Landing Open Space
371W16BD211 Cedar Landing Open Space
371W16BD214 Cedar Landing Open Space
371W21BA701 Lone Pine Park Addition
371W271203 Village Center Park in SE
371W33BA1700 Larson Creek Trail
371W33BA2800 Larson Creek Trail
372W24DD15100 Liberty Park
372W24DD15200 Liberty Park
Staff will present this to the Planning Commission on Thursday, December 12, 2019 and City Council hearing on Thursday, February 6, 2019 for final.
101. The meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:12 p.m.
Terri L. Richards