minhead.gif (11357 bytes)approved Approved 9/22/99

September 1, 1999


Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.

Commissioner Bobby Green, Sr., presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Acting County Administrator Tanya Heaton, Assistant County Counsel Stephen Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.


Sorenson reported that the work on the Wayne Morse Free Speech Platform is moving ahead. He said it will be on the southwest corner of the Lane County Courthouse block and money is needed to be raised for the effort.

Dwyer said everyone will be happy with the results as there is no taxpayer money involved.


a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance PA 1137 Amending the Rural Comprehensive Plan to Redesignate Land from "Forest" to "Agricultural" and Rezoning that Land from "F-2/Impacted Forest Lands" to "E-40/Exclusive Farm Use"; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses (file PA 98-2271; Springfield Country Club).

Jerry Kendell, Land Management, reported that this plan amendment zone change is a resource to resource plan amendment, with no exceptions taken. He said it was for the Springfield Country Club, adjacent to Sunderman Road, across from the main Springfield Country Club Golf Course facility. He noted the eventual purpose of the project application is for expansion of the facility onto the 20 acre parcel that would require subsequent planning director approval for a special use permit on non-high value EFU zoned land. He stated the application and proposed project are a good match in relation to the criteria in that they comply with Goals 3 and 4. He reported in terms of the forest goal, the property is far below the threshold standard for commercial forest land in Lane County. He added in terms of the agricultural goal, the subject property is 36% soils that are high value, but the historic use of the property had been farm use. He said the poor forest capability rating and the past resource zone change application indicates the property is more appropriately zoned as agricultural land. He added the application contained an aquifer study by Geoscience, Inc., demonstrating that there is an ample water supply for the proposed use and a wetlands delineation report had been prepared in satisfaction with the Oregon Division of State Lands. He said staff is recommending approval of the ordinance.

Green stated that this decision is subject to the plan amendment in the rezoning criteria cited in the agenda memorandum. He said that evidence and testimony must be directed toward the approval criteria and failure to raise an issue to enable a response may preclude appeal to LUBA. He noted this was the opportunity for those present to enter information into the record. He added that only persons who qualify as a party may appeal the Board decision to LUBA. He asked for disclosure of any ex parte contacts and/or extensions due to a conflict of interest, from the Board.

Dwyer stated he spoke briefly with Gary Buehle, but not on the merits of the case.

Weeldreyer stated she had none.

Morrison stated she had none.

Sorenson stated he had none.

Green stated he had none.

Commissioner Green opened up the Public Hearing.

Larry Thorpe, 644 N. A St., Springfield, stated he was the attorney for the applicant. Thorpe said he was present to answer questions. He noted staff and the Planning Commission had recommended approval. He added the wetlands issue will be addressed in the next step in the process, but it is not a factor for the rezoning.

Sorenson asked if this land was appropriately zoned.

Thorpe replied that the ground will be used for 20 acres adjacent to the existing golf course and it is for more redesign, not expansion. He added it will be for moving a driving range and redesigning holes.

Sorenson stated he thought it was a good application.

Jim McLaughlin, 2428 Ranch Drive, stated he was in support of this project.

There being no one further signed up to speak, Commissioner Green closed the Public Hearing.

MOTION: to approve Ordinance PA 1137.

Dwyer MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.


Vorhes noted the ordinance contains a findings document that expresses the appropriate findings on the various criteria. He said there are findings attached to the ordinance and part of the adoption of the ordinance included adopting those findings.



There being no further business, Commissioner Green adjourned the meeting at 2:10 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer, Recording Secretary

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