Maybe the most interesting thing is news on parks.
|Proposed park parcel at the State Hospital Site|
in magenta (serifed comments added)
Accessory Dwelling Units
There's a Public Hearing on granny flats and other Accessory Dwelling Units. Over on Facebook folks linked to a study of ADUs and parking, and found that ADUs did not create parking problems on neighborhood streets. The site collects other data, studies, and observations about ADUs and looks like a good resource! As others have pointed out several times, ADUs by themselves will not create a large new supply of housing. But as a very gentle, incremental action, they are useful and should be embraced.
There is some resistance to this on other grounds also. One neighborhood in the older streetcar era grid, and interested in exuding them from our historic districts, writes in formal comment,
If the intent is to encourage ADUs as a housing choice, they should be allowed only in new residential developments where all buyers know what they are buying into.But this is ahistorical nonsense.
|245 15th NE (Ashby Coach House of 1892) - via Zillow and MLS|
[T]his queen Anne structure was designed by the architect Charles Burggraf as the coach house for the Howard Ashby House....the two structures were sold to Frank and Clemma Durbin in 1898. The Durbins converted the coach house to a residence—perhaps c. 1905, when they also built two small cottages on lots across 15th Street. In 1923, the Durbins had Lot 6 surveyed and created a separate small lot from the 36.6 feet at the north side of the lot. This with the remodelled coach house was sold to Clara Churchill Patterson in 1927, the year the Durbins sold the large house to the Roens. [link added, some internal citations omitted]Even in our historic districts there is a pattern of the gentle increase in housing, including ADUs and ADU conversions, and we are wrong to try to exclude them today as if they violate some formal "integrity" in a neighborhood. Historic neighborhoods were dynamic, and the urge to ossify them is presentist, not historical.
Finally, the Budgets. There will be a Public Hearing on them for the City and the Urban Renewal Agency.
I don't understand how this is being set up. Here's the whole of the information for the Urban Renewal Agency:
|The URA recommended budget|
The information on the City is larger, but also sparse.
I guess the idea is that everything was aired and adequately discussed in the Budget Committee meetings. But why have a Public Hearing here then?
Holding an actual Public Hearing on the budgets with that level of detail is just not possible. You already have to know stuff. This is Public Participation Theater, isn't it?
On the City side, there are several letters supporting a shift in Marine Drive to a more northerly segment and away from the part along Wallace Marine Park and adjacent to Pioneer Village. But if you didn't already know about this debate, you wouldn't be able to find sufficient detail in the materials the City has posted to understand it.
There are going to be some final amendments for June 26th, but the materials here don't say what they are going to be. This is all too mysterious and opaque.
The Conference Center
One interesting thing is that the Conference Center shows a $438,000 deficit in the URA budget (see table above).
As it did in 2012.
|Conference Center Operating Loss from 2012|
And in 2013.
|Conference Center's Operating Loss for 2013|
|"in the black"? - Conference Center update|
(You may recall that this spring, two of the findings by the consultant in the Strategic Planning process touched on relevant matters:
- Finding 3. Elected officials and staff do not have coordinated systems to make, implement, and evaluate policy decisions
- Finding 4. The City needs more staff capacity to implement a coordinated package of forecasting, planning, and evaluation systems)
- Second reading for enactment of the proposed short-term rentals ordinance. It seems reasonable and it's something that can be adjusted in a year if it needs refinement.
- The City's added new provisions to a parking ordinance adjustment for sidewalk cafe seating in our downtown alleys. That's welcome.
- An information item on the approval of the gravel parking lot on Auto Group Avenue.
- The "Quarterly update on economic development activities for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016-2017," which yields little actually useful information on the effectiveness of projects. (But see that note on Findings 3 & 4 above.)
- In the administrative purchases, the Court Street foot bridge was bid out at $310,000, Change order number 2 on the Strategic Planning process for $37,500.
- Moving forward with zoning changes for the conversion of Yaquina Hall to affordable housing.
- A proposal to "Authorize the City Manager to execute an Improvement and Reimbursement Agreement with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services seeking reimbursement for up to $1,100,000 in City Public Works construction funding for installation of approximately 3,500 feet of waterline between Aumsville Highway and the Henningsen Cold Storage site along Kuebler Boulevard, in support of development at the Mill Creek Corporate Center." It would be interesting to know the total cost of the 3,500 feet of waterline and what proportion of its cost this would cover.
- Setting Public Works Fees - especially relevant for new construction.
- A proposed street vacation of Old Macleay Road at Cordon Road for an apartment complex.
Crap. Here we go. Now we have a fully articulated bikes vs. cars theme:
|Mischaracterizing a proposal for the Marine Drive ROW|
The "diversion" that the West Salem Neighborhood is proposing is for the right-of-way for a fully built "local collector" street - which is an ambiguous descriptor, but means the collector-rated street that is in the TSP, not an arterial-sized OR-22 connector, and a segment of Marine Drive that actually connects today to roads.
|WSNA: Purchase and build this, not the south part along the Park|