|Way more parking lot than building|
|Appeal at the Blind School|
LUBA found that the City's math on aggregating lots for parking minima or maxima is wrong.
Nothing in the SRC chapter 133 parking provisions suggests that multiple developed lots in common ownership can be aggregated into a single "lot" or "site" for purposes of locating parking or calculating...parking...
|The City doesn't get to "aggregate" lots into a giant parking lot|
Consequently, the Hearing Officer will need to reevaluate the site plan for 264 stalls, and it seems likely the Hospital will need to develop a new plan with only 189 stalls.
|189 stalls only looks likely|
|Tree removal based on faulty math|
It seems clear that without writing additional ordinances adopted into Salem Revised Code, policy language and goals in the Transportation System Plan are advisory and aspirational only. We will need to think about getting more plan language into city ordinance.
|SRC not TSP is binding|
|More attention to establishing|
"under improved" roads may be necessary
Once LUBA posts the decision this week, we'll update the post with a link to it. As others weigh in on the decision there may be more to say, too. (Decision link added above.)
In the meantime, this is great way to start the year. Thanks to Curt, Jon, Timothy, and Tyler as well as the entire Board of SCAN!
Is this an "oopsie"? This is a little bit of Whiskey Tango Froxtrot!
Trees being removed at Salem Hospital's Church St. (Formerly Blind School) property today. #sjnow #salemor pic.twitter.com/K6IDAZ89BuFrom the resulting piece in the paper:
— Saerom Yoo (@syoo) January 5, 2015
Although the hospital's tree removals — 17 on Dec. 22 and 15 on Monday — were legal, they came at a sensitive time when some neighborhood residents are trying to save the older white oaks on the property from being felled....Apparently the large firs, perhaps 250-300 years old, were not "significant."
Salem Health spokeswoman Sherryll Hoar said Monday the trees that have been cut down were not the ones included in the LUBA petition. Legally, the hospital can remove 15 percent of trees on its property per calendar year, as long as they're not what the city calls "significant" or "heritage" trees.
Update, Wednesday evening
People gather along Mission Street in Salem to protest the hospital cutting down trees. #SJNow pic.twitter.com/YZ1YvJQnasSee also SCV and here, SCAN, On the Way, and Hinessight for more on the tree-cutting and protest.
— Ashley Smith (@asmithpic) January 8, 2015