The Astoria Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. Astoria Co-op’s new store is missing an opportunity that the city would be remiss, if allowed. Astoria needs more affordable housing for our workforce and enough land correctly zoned to provide such (“Clatsop County led northwest Oregon in population growth,” The Daily Astorian, Jan. 16).

Some in our city government favor selling our parks to provide places for more housing stock. In fact the city recently hired our past wonderful planner, Rosemary Johnson, to evaluate the sale of four of our parks. Selling parks is totally the opposite of what the 2016 park public survey revealed (page 43, Astoria Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan).

The city should require apartments above the co-op, which our city zoning and height limits would allow in this area. Their manager even stated that their employees need such housing.

The new store uses most of a parcel that is currently zoned for multifamily units. If the city approves this project — as proposed — on land zoned for multi-family units, you can hold them, and even the co-op partially responsible when we read that our parks are being sold.

George (Mick) Hague

Co-op member/owner

Astoria

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