April 27, 2010
1:30 p.m.
Harris Hall Main Floor
APPROVED 1-12-2011

Commissioner Bill Fleenor presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Rob Handy, Pete Sorenson and Faye Stewart present.  County Counsel Jeff Spartz, Assistant County Counsel Marc Kardell and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.


a. STATUS REPORT/Work Group for Lane Code/Manual/Comp Plan Revisions Per Adopted Land Management Division Program and Possible Consideration of a Board Order to Establish a Code Revision Work Group.

Matt Laird, Land Management, recalled since the last time he spoke with the Board the task had force met twice.  He reported the fourth meeting was April 19 and they dealt with draft compliance language.  He stated that the compliance issue is completed.  He said they had a discussion on home occupations and that led to a terminology change in the Rural Residential Zone.  He indicated they discussed developed and committed exceptions.  He said there was no consensus on the amendment as proposed.  He commented the majority thought the draft as written did not work. 

Laird reported that at yesterday’s task force meeting home occupations were reviewed. He indicated there was no consensus on the proposed draft.  He said the group is looking to find the threshold of home services that should be allowed outright versus those that should be reviewed.  He noted at the end of the home occupation discussion there was a request for staff to develop draft language for the businesses permitted outright and those which require review.  He said most people agreed the residential zone language is fine with the terminology change.  He added with home occupations, while they acknowledged it is an important issue, they are willing to move it to the end of the line and move forward with other issues.  He announced that April 30 is the deadline for submitting new proposals for code amendment changes and once they receive them he will bring them back to the Board. 

b. REPORT BACK/Status of Floodplain and Riparian Ordinance.

Keir Miller, Land Management, stated this is the second check-in with the Board on the status of Land Management’s proposal to modify the Floodplain and Riparian ordinances.  He noted staff has developed a combined approach for addressing the project and timeline.  He reported the first phase of the project was a Stakeholder Issue Identification Study and Consensus Feasibility Analysis conducted by the Oregon Consensus Group.  He indicated that concluded in mid-March with the release of the consensus report.  He said the findings to the report were given to the Board on March 17.  He said on April 5, the Oregon Consensus Group along with Land Management convened a final meeting of the Oregon Consensus Stakeholder group and at that meeting the results of the study were provided and staff gave feedback.  He said they then convened a smaller technical advisory committee meeting to move into the second phase of the process.   He stated that he is focusing his work on the  first draft of the revised Floodplain Ordinance he will provide to the Technical Advisory Committee for their review in May.  He added that the Riparian Ordinance has not yet been worked on because of compliance with Statewide Planning Goal 5.  He said compliance with the 1996 Goal Rule requires that counties when they are revising any of their Riparian Ordinances (or other ordinances dealing with a significant Goal 5 resource) would need to go through a new inventory process to make sure they have identified the correct resources.  He noted an alternative that could be feasible is if they want to address riparian protection.  He thought it would be better to deal with it under Planning Goal 6 instead of Planning Goal 5.  He indicated that with the next check in he will provide other examples of overlay zones.


a. DISCUSSION/City of Eugene Downtown Urban Renewal District Possible Comments from the Lane County Board of Commissioners.

Handy stated that he received a letter from Mayor Kitty Piercy this morning.  He said they are working under an extended deadline for submitting comments to the city of Eugene.  He said before the Board is a draft letter that will be submitted to the city of Eugene.  He indicated that they are asking the city of Eugene to commit to hold Lane County harmless to the impact of the Downtown Urban Renewal District on the Lane County general fund.  He added that they are asking the city of Eugene to write into their Downtown Urban Renewal District Plan language that requires concurrence with the city of Eugene and Lane County on all future plan amendments or extensions, changes to spending caps, sunset dates to the proposed project list and a cost estimate.  He indicated that Lane County loses about $180,000 to $200,000 of the general fund per year in property taxes to the Downtown Urban Renewal District Plan. He said they are going to ask the city of Eugene to hold Lane County harmless to look at redrawing a portion of the boundary to include the Lane County Public Health facility.  He indicated to date the plan has already been extended twice and amended four times since its inception in July 1968.  He said they believe the Urban Renewal Statute as currently written is unintentionally draining scarce general fund dollars from Lane County’s already strapped budget.  He said they are asking to write into the plan concurrence language between the city of Eugene and Lane County on any future changes to the plan to address some of the concerns.

MOTION: to send the letter to the city of Eugene.

Handy MOVED.

Fleenor wanted to make corrections with formatting and language changes. He wanted to print it out bring it back on the Consent Calendar for tomorrow.

Handy withdrew his motion.


Handy announced that he is having a town hall meeting tomorrow with Sorenson on food security.  He reported that he will be in Salem on Thursday with Mayor Piercy attending the Super ACT meeting.



There being no further business Commissioner Fleenor adjourned the meeting at 2:45 p.m.  

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary