May 21, 1996
Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.

Chair Bobby Green, Sr. presided with Steve Cornacchia, Ellie Dumdi and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Jerry Rust excused. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary.




a. THIRD READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance PA 1086/In the Matter of Amending the Rural Comprehensive Plan to Redesignate Land from "Forest" to "Public Facilities"; Rezoning that Land from "F-2/Impacted Forest Land" to "PF/Public Facilities"; Adopting an Exception to Statewide Planning Goals 3 - Agricultural Land, 4 - Forest Land, 11- Public Facilities and Services, and 14 - Urbanization; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses (Files PA 420-96 & PA 431-96/John Batzer)

Green read this Ordinance into the record. Jim Mann, Senior Planner, reviewed this item for the Board (see material on file), noting that there have been no objections to this proposal. He commented that the USFS has yet to complete their site selection, thus staff is looking for tentative approval today with a Fourth Reading and Public Hearing being set for July 2 or 3. Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, stated, for the record, that Lane County is also interested with regard to its Annex at the coast as being a potential site for the location of the new Ranger Station.

Al Couper, representing the applicant, indicated that his client is aware of the County’s interest in the site, so has no objection as it is felt the Board will be Board objective. He addressed the key factors, stating that the essence of this application can be learned by considering four points: 1) the USFS has need to relocate; 2) there is a need to retain the presence of the Forest Service in the community; 3) most of the property in the area has either been built on or is in the floodplain; and 4) there is an absence of adverse impacts. Couper introduced two items into the record: 1) a map of the area overlaid with the regulatory floodplain lines; and 2) an aerial photograph of the recent flood event which shows that the proposed site is well out of the floodplain. He reviewed the services available to the site and the lack of impacts on the area resources. Couper acknowledged that all other potential sites are in the Florence area and would heavily impact the Mapleton area.

Green opened the Public Hearing.

John Sundstrom, stated that the Mapleton area has suffered substantially from the ups and downs of the timber industry, indicating that if the Forest Service leaves, too, there will be a very negative impact on the Mapleton area.

There being no one else who wished to testify, Green closed the Public Hearing.

Dumdi indicated that this is something that is much needed for the Mapleton community. She spoke about the application the County put in to the Forest Service for its building in Florence. Dumdi stressed that she is firmly supporting this rezone and its location in Mapleton.

MOTION: Tentative approval, pending receipt of further information from the Forest Service, with a tentative Fourth Reading and Public Hearing on July 2, 1996. Dumdi MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 4-0.



There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 1:58 p.m.


Sharon Giles, Board Secretary

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