|New site plan with changes clouded|
|Previous site plan rejected at LUBA|
Basically the designers and client - who knows who actually directed the decision - just took the southeast quadrant and chopped the parking component in half.
It doesn't seem like a very thoughtful solution, and it might even be an outright lazy one.
They waited too long, let too much get already constructed, went too far down one decision path, to be able to reconfigure the whole in a more sensitive and and more interesting way.
|Plenty of room (compare site #4 to clouded area at top)|
Prevailing at LUBA and its subsequent appeal was a tremendous effort by SCAN and tenacious neighborhood advocates. There is a real chance it will have significance in future land use decisions and will prove valuable in other ways. They deserve great thanks and praise.
But the outcome at the Blind School itself is something of a Pyrrhic victory. It's still mostly just a big dumb parking lot, and the valuable goods of Howard Hall and many of the trees are still lost.
More may yet be lost.
The "tree protection plan" (p. 12 of 24) is from a set of submittals dated August 25th.
|Tree Protection Plan, August 2015|
|Driveway looking west from Winter St, August 2015|
Oak on left appears in tree protection plan
Back to the Blind School parcel, while there is an opportunity for public comment on the revised plan, there will not be a new hearing and the scope of the decision will be very narrow. From the City:
Salem Hospital has requested that the Hearings Officer issue a final order on a revised site plan, which has been modified to be consistent with the Land Use Board of Appeals opinion, which required the provision of no more than 189 parking spaces and, in turn, eliminated the need for the [tree] variance, preserving all remaining significant trees onsite in their current location.
The scope of the remand proceeding will be limited to determining whether the revised site plan complies with former SRC 133.100(b). The Hearings Officer will issue a final decision on the revised site plan based solely on determining compliance with this criterion. Testimony that is not related to this limited issue on remand will be rejected. All written testimony must be received no later than November 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
For the whole Blind School saga, see posts here. The City has compiled the land use decisions and appeals as well as the revised site plan here.