CANNON BEACH -?Groups that want to establish community gardens in Cannon Beach will have to meet specific standards, the Cannon Beach City Council decided Tuesday night.

Unlike a residential garden tended by the members of a household, a community garden divides a tract of land into sections for groups of individuals to raise vegetables or flowers for their own use.

An effort is under way in Cannon Beach to create one or more community gardens in town, and the city has allocated funds to begin the process.

Before the gardens can be established, however, the council agreed with standards recommended by the planning commission. Those standards require:

? A site plan indicating the location of storage sheds, compost bins, fencing and raised beds. Structures larger than 200 square feet must meet city design review board standards.

? Storage sheds, compost bins and other structures must meet setback requirements.

? Fences will be no higher than 7 feet. Although the city requires residential fences to be no higher than 6 feet, the added foot is needed to keep elk out of the garden, said Planning Director Rainmar Bartl.

? No onsite retail sales;

? The land will be served by a sufficient water supply;

? The garden will be managed by an organization that has an established set of operating rules addressing the governance of the community garden; and

? The planning commission will establish operating hours for community garden activities based on the garden's location.

In other business, the council also:

? Asked City Manager Rich Mays to immediately write a letter to Stimson Lumber Company asking the company to refrain from spraying herbicides in the Ecola Creek watershed. The spraying is expected to begin this week, according to Jerome Arnold, a member of the Ecola Creek Advisory Committee, who urged the council to take action.

? Approved an amendment to the city's zoning code that would prohibit the siting of wireless communication facilities to be placed on land designated as open space. Five acres of the city's 950 acres within the urban growth boundary are designated open space.

The issue of siting wireless facilities emerged earlier this year when Verizon Wireless requested permission to place a utility pole and outbuilding on a site east of Spruce Street.

? Authorized the city to proceed with the restoration of the Little Pompey wetland and wastewater treatment lagoon, as long as the restoration was paid for with grants from other organizations.

? Established a city farmers market committee. The city will accept applications for committee members.

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