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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, February 25, 2016

12:00 PM
Medford Room
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
1.     Urban Growth Boundary
12:00 PM
Medford Room
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 12:00 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, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski
City Manager Pro Tem Bill Hoke; City Attorney Lori Cooper; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard
Councilmember Daniel Bunn was absent.
Urban Growth Boundary
Principal Planner John Adam provided a history of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion.   During the December 19, 2015 Council meeting, staff was directed to revise the proposal; most of Council’s recommendations were used to create three options:
  1. Add to MD-4 and completely incorporate the Hillcrest Orchard property. 
  2. Restore the LDS-owned property in MD-3 and fill in the notch in MD-5.Although Council had directed to remove property from the LDS, there is enough acreage to restore that area and the jagged notch in MD-5.
  3. Add the extra acres to MD-3 as well as the Skinner/Carpenter property.
Discussion of Revisions:
  1. The “awkward hole” in the Crissy Park area (Hansen Property) was not considered in the revision.Because there are no streets or trails connecting through that property, the gap is not “awkward” in the sense of being necessary. 
  2. Restoring the LDS Property provides a continuous right-of-way on North Foothill Road.Also, it could provide an access for an arterial street or collector in the future. 
  3. Option #1 will make the Hillcrest Orchard completely whole and would also include the furthest west portion of MD-3. 
  4. All restored properties came from residential, with a little from the Starlite area.
  5. When referring to the number of acres, there are 63 gross and 40 net.
  6. Options #1 and #3 omit the Starlite and the Meyers properties, but not the LDS property.
Staff could bring the options for Council’s consideration during the March 17, 2016 Council meeting. 
CSA Submission:
1.   Council requested a revised presentation of the CSA information in a format similar to Planning’s map to be considered as a fourth option. 
  • Mr. Adam noted CSA’s option did not have the land need numbers exactly right, but staff could revise them if the Council chose that option.
Questions Brought Forward by Councilmember Gordon
  1. Councilmember Gordon noted his concerns regarding the street functionality map and questioned whether the revisions prevented the development of Owen Drive through to Foothill Road; Mr. Adam replied that a future Owen Drive was not affected by the revisions. 
  2. Councilmember Gordon recommended an extension of Cherry Lane to Barnett Road which could serve as an arterial from North Phoenix Road to Hillcrest Road.He asked for clarification that none of the options compromised that ability; Mr. Adam confirmed that land wasn’t touched. 
  3. Should Council’s motion include language that Cherry Lane will be an arterial street?Public Works Director Cory Crebbin noted the classification of roads as major or minor arterials is included in the Transportation System Plan (TSP). The UGB expansion process only identifies the higher-order street corridors.Councilmember Gordon recommended the classification of Cherry Lane as an arterial, noting the lack of arterials in Medford.
  4. It appears that Spring Street will be a major street for access across Hillcrest Orchards and Dunbar Farms.Because Spring Street is already compromised as it approaches Crater Lake Avenue, Councilmember Gordon requested a review of the street.Mr. Crebbin explained the TSP determines the capacity needed; if Spring Street will serve as an arterial, modification would be required. 
Mr. Adam noted that Planning Staff will be prepared for the March 17 meeting and reformat CSA’s map as a fourth option for Council’s consideration. 
Councilmember Gordon requested the map on the fourth option as soon as possible. 
The meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder

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