Sen. Chris Edwards, D-Eugene, says broadly he and Sen. Lee Beyer are drafting bill for 2016 that would set carbon cap. #orpol #orleg— Taylor W Anderson (@TaylorWAnderson) November 18, 2015
Money generated by Edwards' bill would be dedicated for further carbon-cutting and other clean energy measures. #orleg— Taylor W Anderson (@TaylorWAnderson) November 18, 2015
New Director of Urban Development"I will be spending probably 90 percent of my time between now and session working on this bill," Edwards says.— Taylor W Anderson (@TaylorWAnderson) November 18, 2015
Is Wilsonville really what we should be trumpeting about her? Will she live in Salem or will she, like some other significant folks at the City, commute from Wilsonville? Wilsonville does some things better than Salem, but it doesn't have a downtown, and it bailed on Trimet. Not sure Wilsonville should be our model for an imaginary shift to a Department of Suburban Development! Urban, think urban!Kristin Retherford will be the new Urban Development Director! She has over 10 years of experience in Willsonville. pic.twitter.com/mkyn7KO8KF— Salem Planning (@Salem_Planning) November 17, 2015
Anyway, with the new City Manager, Steve Powers, there's some meaningful change at upper City management, and maybe some new directions to take. Fresh eyes aren't always a bad thing.
Presumably Mark Becktel, who had been Interim Director, will revert to his regular post at Public Works.
Just something to register and watch.
Fred Meyer Gas Station
So back in February this year, the Planning Commission heard "a consolidated Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment and Zone Change" on four contiguous lots very near the corner of Madrona and South Commercial.
|From a sale listing after the rezoning was effected|
The principal objection was that as multi-family housing, and with Salem facing a deficit of land appropriately zoned for this, no change should be made. In a split vote, the Planning Commission did not agree and rezoned the land for "commercial retail."
There didn't seem to be anything very meaningful to say, so we never wrote anything about it.
Well, you never know what turns up sometimes when you are researching a completely different matter!
Remember that brief mention about a gas station the Fred Meyer at Madrona was maybe going to do? A sale listing for the land that the Planning Commission rezoned turns out to have a site plan map for the proposed gas station, and it's actually across the street from Freds.
|The proposed Fred Meyer gas station behind Taco Bell|
|The gas station driveway is right where|
the second, inner bike lane stripe starts
and the transition to the right turn lane for cars.
Moreover, if a gas station is thought to represent a better and more profitable use of the land than the office building already there - how depressing is that?
Hopefully this will come in for a site plan review and maybe there will be more to say later.