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September 9, 1998
Harris Hall Main Floor 1:30 p.m.

Commissioner Steve Cornacchia presided with Commissioners Ellie Dumdi, Bobby Green, Sr., and Peter Sorenson present. Cindy Weeldreyer excused. Assistant County Counsel Stephen Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.




a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. 5-98/In the Matter of Amending Lane Code Chapter 2 to Delegate Authority to the Fair Board to Adopt a Merit System of Personnel Administration and Declaring an Emergency.

Stephen Vorhes, Assistant County Counsel, stated this was a follow-up to the Board's earlier action, and this contains the details of the transition.

Commissioner Cornacchia opened Public Hearing. There being no one to speak, he closed Public Hearing.

MOTION: to approve Ordinance No. 5-98.



b. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance PA 1119/In the Matter of Amending the Rural Comprehensive Plan to Redesignate Land from "Forest" to "Non-Resource" and Rezoning that Land from "F-2/Impacted Forest Land" to "RR-10/Rural Residential 10", and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses (file PA 0996-98; Meltebeke).

Mike Copely, Land Management, reported this proposal was similar to others, a non-resource plan designation request. He further stated the key statewide planning goals didn't apply because the land is not productive. He said that Mr. Taylor, the applicant's consultant, prepared findings which are part of the ordinance and the original application is included in the packet materials. He added the documents showed the limited resource capability of the property. He said the matter went though the Lane County Planning Commission on June 5 and approval was recommended. He stated there were no objections. He said during the Planning Commission meeting there was an issue raised about water supply which had been responded to by Mr. Taylor. He stated that they do recommend approval, as it meets applicable criteria.

Commissioner Cornacchia opened Public Hearing.

There were no ex-parte contacts.

Harry Taylor, P. O. Box 1420, Veneta, OR, stated he is representing the applicant and owner, Rich and Sherry Meltebeke. He said it is a 40 acre parcel that lies above the valley floor. He added it is not resource land and it has the predominance of class 6 soils which means it does not have an agricultural capability. He said it has 27 cubic feet of forest capability, which is below the 50 cubic feet per acre threshold that the Board has established. He said it is within an area of RR10 zoning. He mentioned in the packet (copy in file) a detailed on-site soils analysis, an agricultural report prepared by Paul Day and a 24 hour aquifer test that was conducted by EGR indicating there is adequate water to serve the property without affecting the surrounding adjacent properties.

Commissioner Cornacchia closed Public Hearing.

Green stated that he supported the staff recommendation.

Dumdi said that she agreed the applicant had met the tests and the property has proven to be non-resource that is surrounded by other similar properties. She said letters from adjacent property owners indicate there will be no negative impact for the other properties. She said she votes to approve it.

Sorenson said that the applicant has met the test for non-resource land and he will be voting in favor.

Cornacchia stated he would incorporate by reference the comments of his colleagues and support the ordinance and the attached findings of fact that are reflective of the factual offerings that are in the packet.

MOTION: to approve Ordinance PA 1119.



Dumdi stated she wanted to thank staff and Mr. Taylor for the complete job that they did in putting the materials together.

Cornacchia said in the last six years it was rare that any type of land application that was brought in front of the Board wasn't either completely consistent with the criteria and requirements or was a close question. He said he was appreciative of how this matter was prepared. He added it was a reflection of the maturity and expertise of the professional people who are helping the land owners to bring the information to the Board and the applications. He said that Mr. Taylor was part of the environment and he appreciated his work.


a. ORDER 98-9-9-9/In the Matter of Amending Chapters 2 and 3 of Lane Manual to Provide for a Separate Fair Board Merit System and to Revise the Drug-Free Workplace Sexual Harassment and Workplace Violence Policies for Implementation at the Fairgrounds.

Cornacchia reported that this was a companion issue that was discussed earlier by the Board.

Vorhes said that according to Mike Gleason, the Fair Board has this in place and they are ready to go.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 98-9-9-9.


VOTE: 4-0.

There being no further business, Commissioner Cornacchia adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary

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