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Planning Commission Agenda and Minutes
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
The regular meeting of the Planning Commission was called to order at 5:30 PM in the Medford City Hall, Council Chambers, 411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon on the above date with the following members and staff in attendance:
Mark McKechnie, Chair
Joe Foley, Vice Chair
Kelly Evans, Assistant Planning Director
Madison Simmons, Senior Assistant City Attorney
Terri Richards, Recording Secretary
David Jordan, Excused Absence
Jeff Thomas, Unexcused Absence
10. Roll Call
20. Consent Calendar / Written Communications (voice vote).
20.1 LDS-19-070 Final Order of tentative plat approval for Stewart Meadows Village – Phases 1-6, a proposed 39-lot subdivision on a 110-acre site bounded generally by Stewart Meadows to the north, Highway 99 to the east, Myers Lane to the west, and Garfield Avenue to the south; and an approximate 30-acre tract on the south side of Garfield. The site is zoned Community Commercial (C-C), General Industrial (I-G), Light Industrial (I-L), and SFR-10 (Single-Family residential, ten dwelling units per gross acre). (371W31A TL 2802, 2000, 2190, 2200, 2300, 4000, 3900; 371W31D TL 200, 1001, 2500, 1000, 2501, 2800, 900, 2900, 3000; 371W32C TL 5503, 5400); Applicant, KOGAP Enterprises, Inc.; Agent, Maize & Associates Inc.; Planner, Dustin Severs.
Motion: The Planning Commission adopted the consent calendar as submitted.
Moved by: Vice Chair Foley Seconded by: Commissioner McFadden
Voice Vote: Motion passed, 7-0-0.
30. Approval or Correction of the Minutes from February 27, 2020 hearing
30.1 The minutes for February 27, 2020, were approved as submitted.
40. Oral Requests and Communications from the Public. None.
50. Public Hearings. None.
60.1 Site Plan and Architectural Commission
Commissioner Culbertson reported that the Site Plan and Architectural Commission met on Friday, March 6, 2020. He deferred the report to Kelly Evans, Assistant Planning Director since he was not in attendance at that meeting.
60.2 Transportation Commission
Commissioner Pulver reported that the Transportation Commission met on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The bulk of the meeting was discussion on the Transportation Facility on South Stage Road. They also discussed 20 mile per hour speed limits and funding for the Mega Corridor. Their next meeting will be next Wednesday.
60.3 Planning Department
Ms. Evans reported that due to the corona virus the City is including language in the public hearing notices encouraging people to not attend the meetings but participate in writing.
There is a Planning Commission study session scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020. Discussion will be on Shared Use Path amendment.
There is business scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020, Thursday, April 9, 2020, Thursday, April 23, 2020 and Thursday, May 14, 2020.
City Council at their last meeting approved the vacation for McDonald’s on Barnett.
At the next City Council meeting they will consider the Transportation Facility on Foothill Road from Delta Waters to McAndrews Road and the Transportation Facility on South Stage Road west of North Phoenix Road.
This evening at the City Council study session they are discussing the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan that is part of the Community Development Block Grant program and outdoor hemp. Hemp is not statutorily regulated the same as marijuana. There is discussion on whether or not the City Council wanted to address the odor issues that are inherent with hemp and marijuana.
Commissioner McFadden asked, is there general regulations that could cover both marijuana and hemp? Ms. Evans responded that industrial hemp is an agricultural product that is treated differently statutorily.
The Site Plan and Architectural Commission approved the construction of two multi-family apartment buildings located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and S. Columbus for Columbia Care Services to house veterans. They also approved a 10,000 square foot warehouse on Table Rock Road south of the airport.
70. Messages and Papers from the Chair. None.
80. City Attorney Remarks.
80.1 Ms. Simmons reported that with the corona virus precautions the City has been taking including the blurb in the public hearing notice encouraging people to submit written testimony that the Commission discuss it specifically on the record when making the motion.
This is Ms. Simmons’ last meeting on the Planning Commission. She thanked the Commission for welcoming her and their time. Chair McKechnie thanked her for being on the Planning Commission and keeping them on the straight and narrow.
90. Propositions and Remarks from the Commission. None.
100.1 The meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:38 p.m. The proceedings of this meeting were digitally recorded and are filed in the City Recorder’s office.
Terri L. Richards
Planning Commission Chair
Approved: April 23, 2020