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Workforce housing project approved for Seaside

Blue Heron Pointe a decade in the making
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on February 21, 2018 9:30AM

A roadway already in place at Blue Heron Pointe.

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A roadway already in place at Blue Heron Pointe.

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Rendering of Blue Heron Pointe subdivision.

Seaside Planning Department

Rendering of Blue Heron Pointe subdivision.

SEASIDE — Blue Heron Pointe cleared a hurdle as the 59-lot, single-family proposal won conditional Seaside Planning Commission approval Tuesday night.

After a verbal decision early this month, a draft of the plan came before the commission with changes and updates. “This is putting the decision in writing,” City Planner Kevin Cupples said.

The 2,000-square-foot homes will provide workforce housing, owner Max Ritchie said earlier this month, with prices in the low $300,000 and high $200,000 range.

Blue Heron Pointe began in the early 2000s, going so far as to win preliminary approval in 2006.

After a downturn in the economy, the project was shelved until late 2016, when the Ritchies presented a 45-unit multifamily proposal. That plan stalled over a requirement for a sidewalk along Wahanna Road.

This month, the commission added 19 conditions, including a request for a hazard mitigation plan and requirement for infrastructure approvals. Emergency vehicle access, hydrants and fire flow will need inspection from the city fire marshal.

Lots along Cooper Street have been added into the project’s second construction phase to limit potential conflicts with pedestrian and bike traffic.

The site plan also addresses the building of sidewalks on Avenue S and design requirements.

On Tuesday, the Planning Commission voted 4-2 to approve the plan with conditions. Chris Hoth, the commission’s chairman, and commissioners Bill Carpenter, Teri Carpenter and David Posalski voted for the plan. Richard Ridout and Lou Neubecker voted against. Ray Romine was absent.

Planning Commission decisions may be appealed to the City Council.


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