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Zone change delayed

Commission votes to wait for transportation plan

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 31, 2018 12:01AM

WARRENTON — After learning that a traffic impact study was inaccurate, the City Commission voted Tuesday, Aug. 21, to delay a zone change on land between U.S. Highway 101 and Spur 104 that could prompt new housing and business development.

Mayor Henry Balensifer asked for more time in July to review the traffic study prepared by city consultants. The Oregon Department of Transportation has since informed the city that the study was in error.

The city sponsored the zone change on about 20 acres near the Ocean Crest car dealership because of the potential for redevelopment, including workforce housing. The zoning would shift from mostly intermediate density residential and general industrial to commercial mixed use.

Several property owners are eager for the change and urged the commission to act on Tuesday. But Kevin Cronin, the city’s community development director, recommended the city wait until after adopting a new Transportation System Plan this fall.

The plan is expected to have more flexibility for intersection operations, including a left turn lane on Spur 104 onto the busy Ensign Lane.

Commissioners voted unanimously to wait, with some citing other development mistakes in the area.

“I can respect the homeowners’ situation out in that neighborhood,” Commissioner Pam Ackley said, “but we’ve done a few things wrong. And I don’t think we should do it wrong again.”


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