SC denies annexation, plans busy Apr. 17 afternoon & evening sessions

Shady Cove City Council upheld a decision by the planning commission to deny an annexation and zone change because of concerns over possible development. At the April 3 meeting, a neighbor and supporter of the applicants said the area is conducive to annexation and he soon will go through the same process with his property.
 

Applicants Mervin and Emma Whitney (not present) and Nancy Brammer had
asked for their properties to be brought into the city with a zone
change from County Rural Residential Five-Acres to Low-Density
Residential R-20. Both the Whitneys and Brammer who live on adjacent
parcels, want to divide their individual properties so their adult
children could build homes to be near their parents.
   
A few
neighbors spoke in favor of the applicants. But opponents cited traffic
problems on Rogue River Drive, water issues, concern over septic tanks
and the possibility of subdividing. Councilor Gary Hughes noted that if
the properties were developed there could be 13 to 14 homes and that
same number of new wells drilled in an area without a water system.
   
Although
any subdividing would have to go before the planning commission, the
council felt that without adequate utilities the timing was not right
on this application. 
   
Mervin Whitney with support from
Brammer wanted to know why they were denied annexation into the city.
They are willing to pay the taxes. "A buck’s a buck," he said.
   
City
Administrator Elise Smurzynski, Public Works Director George Bostic,
City Engineer Rick Swanson and Becca Croft of Public Works Management
have all been accepted into the FEMA "Managing Floodplain Development"
course taking place in Seattle at the end of April. Mayor Ruth Keith
said the class meets the requirements of the city’s compliance plan. A
FEMA update is planned for the April 17 study session.
   
Police
Officer Scott Waldon cautioned residents to lock their vehicles because
warmer weather brings more people into Shady Cove. An item from the
March 25 council write-up in the Upper Rogue Independent should have
said that 17,206 people died in alcohol related traffic crashes rather
than killed by drunk drivers. A new website for the Shady Cove Police
Department is www.shadycovepd.net.
   
The Gypsy Moth Spraying dates have been changed to April 22 with the second application on May 1.
   
Two
letters, one for and one against the proposed ban on open-burning were
read by Mayor Ruth Keith. In one letter the American Lung Cancer
Society confirmed that burning impacts the health of Shady Cove
residents. A public hearing on the proposed ban is scheduled for the
regular council meeting on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. However, the meeting
has a change of location and will be at the Upper Rogue Community
Center (behind city hall). The 1:30 p.m. study session is at city hall
at 22541 Highway 62.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent

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