December 17, 2003

1:30 p.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room



Commissioner Peter Sorenson presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green, Sr., Don Hampton and Anna Morrison present. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, Assistant County Counsel Stephen Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.




a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance PA 1192/In the Matter of Amending the Lane County General Plan Policies (An Element of the Lane County Rural Comprehensive Plan) By Addition of Goal 2, Policy 27 - Errors or Omission; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses. (NBA & PM 12/3/03)


Bill Sage, Land Management, reported the process they went through last year with the McKenzie Watershed was to identify any properties that they hadnít zoned properly back in 1984 when they adopted the Rural Comprehensive Plan and made amendments to conform the zoning designation to match the existing uses that were there at the time. He noted the Board adopted those in May 2002. He said this year, when working in the Siuslaw and Long Tom Watersheds, they found 65 to 70 similar applications that are conformity between the zoning designation and actual use. He said they have a chance to change them to be a benefit to the public.


Sage stated that once the periodic revenue process is completed, the legislative option goes away and they know they wonít be able to reach every citizen. He said the errors and omissions policy would provide citizens to come in on a site-by-site basis to make the amendment application to the County to process them with a minimal fee. He said the order would implement the policy and the process they would go through (Policy 27, Goal 2) and the order would put in a minimal fee of a $1,000 base.


Commissioner Sorenson opened up the Public Hearing. There being no one signed up to speak, he closed the Public Hearing.


MOTION: to adopt Ordinance PA 1192.

Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.




b. ORDER 03-12-17-14/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 60 of the Lane Manual to Add an Errors or Omission Plan Amendment Fee (LM 60.851(6)).


Sage explained they set this fee based on the minimal amount of money they would need to do their business, not counting staff time, but to do notices and legal ads. He said it covers the cost of putting the application together. He thought the fee was fair. He said they wanted an easy application form. He said staff thought $1,000 was reasonable to staff.


Van Vactor suggested instead of an errors and omissions amendment, that it should be a conformity determination amendment. He said they were conforming the zoning to the actual use.


Vorhes suggested tying it to something within the policy in the plan. He said they could put in parenthesis the Rural Comp Plan, Goal 2, Policy 27.


Van Vactor commented he didnít think it was an error or omissions policy, he stated the zoning had been on these properties since the mid-eighties. He didnít want to call it errors and omissions


MOTION: to approve ORDER 03-12-17-14 as amended with the conformity determination amendment.




VOTE: 5-0.




Dwyer thanked everyone who participated in the turkey presentation.

Green thanked Dwyer for being the champion with the turkeys. He said he attended a Human Services Commission meeting. He noted there are problems on the human service side with the budget deficit. He said there was some discussion about going forward with a revenue measure to help ease the reductions. He stated the Board had committed to not go out with a tax measure. He commented there might be other groups that would urge the Board to do something.


Hampton announced there were numerous light displays up the McKenzie and on Highway 59. He added tomorrow night is Creswellís dedication of Oregon Avenue.


The Board wished everyone a happy holiday season.










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


Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary