JOINT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'/
PLANNING COMMISSION WORK SESSION
September 21, 2010
Harris Hall Main Floor
Commissioner Rob Handy presided with Commissioners Pete Sorenson and Faye Stewart present. County Administrator Jeff Spartz, County Counsel Stephen Vorhes and Minutes Recorder Linda Henry were also present.
Commissioner Handy explained Commissioners Dwyer and Fleenor had been excused from the meeting.
Planning Commissioner Robert Noble presided with Planning Commissioners Tony McCown, Lisa Arkin, Steve Dignam, George Goldstein, Nancy Nichols, Dennis Sandow, Jozef Siekiel-Zdzienicki, and John Sullivan present. Land Management Division Staff Kent Howe and Sarah Wilkinson were also present.
Mr. Noble announced this was Mr. Dignamís last meeting as a Planning Commissioner.
Mr. Dignam said he had served for nine years as a Planning Commissioner, and was leaving the commission due to term limits. He thanked Commissioner Stewart for his confidence and support in appointing him to the Planning Commission. He also thanked former Commissioners Anna Morrison and Bobbie Green for their support in Mr. Dignamís initial appointment. He expressed his appreciation to Lane County staff for their work while perennially under staffed and overworked, due to high priority projects such as Ballot Measure 37. He acknowledged Mr. Howe had kept county planning going through troubled times. He recognized Mr. Sullivan for his public service as an active community member and representative of the business community, observing Mr. Sullivan had been tough with class. He recognized Mr. Siekiel-Zdzienicki and Ms. Nichols for their service and exemplary attendance at Planning Commission meetings. He stated former Planning Commissioner Anita Kirkham had worked hard to be a uniter on the Planning Commission and he respected her willingness to make decisions that were dictated by land use planning process and the law, which did not always coincide with her personal beliefs. Mr. Dignam asserted he believed in a literal interpretation of Statewide Planning Goals and Guidelines. He found it regrettable that on occasion commissioners did not make decisions based upon those goals and guidelines, but rather based on their personal, social or political goals. He urged Planning Commissioners to avoid making based on their personal beliefs. He urged the BCC to appoint people who would make decisions based on the Statewide Planning Goals. He said the citizens had a right to expect government to do things the right way. He said more land use regulation was not necessarily a good thing. He found it sad that it was impossible to get any land use action done without a consultant because the system was so complex. Land use applicants were also citizens and it was important to protect their right to due process. Mr. Dignam thanked the citizens of Lane County for allowing him to serve and represent them on the Planning Commission.
On behalf of the board, Commissioner Handy thanked Mr. Dignam for his lengthy, committed, distinguished service.
Mr. Siekiel-Zdzienicki opined he and Mr. Dignam had voted opposite each other 95 percent of the time, but Mr. Dignam brought a valuable perspective on issues.
Mr. Noble thanked Mr. Dignam for his service.
Mr. Dignam left at 6:20 p.m.
Housekeeping and Land Use Task Force Related Amendments to the Rural Comp Plan, Lane Code, and Lane Manual. (Sarah Wilkinson, Planner).
Mr. Howe explained the Lane Use Task Force, consisting of twenty members, had been appointed by the BCC to address issues raised by the Goal 1 Coalition. He introduced Sarah Wilkinson who had served as the project manager.
Ms. Wilkinson offered the staff report. She reviewed two ordinances and a board order that detailed the proposed amendments to the Lane County Rural Comprehensive Plan (RCP), Lane Code (LC) and the Lane Manual (LM) initiated by the task force. The proposed amendments were organized into three groupings:
Ms. Wilkinson said the BCC and Planning Commission would hold a joint public hearing on the proposed amendments on October 5, 2010.
Commissioner Sorenson stated the BCC sought to convene the task force with the idea of cleaning up the Lane County Land Use Code. The intent was to bring people of different backgrounds together to find agreement. He felt one area the task force had reviewed that was controversial was the home occupation issue. The BCC had asked two task force members, Steve Cornacchia and Bob Emmons, to continue to work on the home occupation issue to develop language that would be brought to the BCC and Planning Commission at a future date.
In response to a question from Mr. Noble, Commissioner Sorenson said the public hearing would address only items that were ministerial improvements and those approved by a supermajority of the task force. The more controversial issues would be addressed in the future.
Mr. Laird suggested the commissioners may want to focus on Ballot Measure 56 issues related to the manufactured dwelling language in the forest zone in LC 16.211 and LC 16.090.
Ms. Arkin arrived at 6:38 p.m.
In response to a question from Mr. Siekiel-Zdzienicki, Ms. Wilkinson the original intent of the proposal considered by the task force was to create a tool for the Planning Department to address compliance issues early in the process. The task force codified the existing process to incorporate it into the enforcement rules.
There being no further business, Commissioner Handy recessed the meeting at 6:40 p.m.