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April 13: (Eugene Register-Guard) Development Report: Rezoning proposed
at Sixth and Garfield
Longtime Eugene restaurateur Cordy Jensen wants to change the zoning of
several parcels in west Eugene to allow a broader range of commercial
development. Jensen recently filed with the city of Eugene to change the
zoning of 2.5 acres at the northeast corner of West Sixth Avenue and
Garfield Street. The land is zoned for a mix of community commercial and
light/medium industrial development...
April 13: (AP, Eugene Register-Guard) Governor to launch campaign to
clean up Willamette River
SALEM - About two-thirds of Oregonians live within 20 miles of the
Willamette River, which once was a national environmental success story.
Now, however, people often can't swim in the river because it is so
contaminated with toxic chemicals. This week, Gov. Ted Kulongoski will
try to make good on a campaign promise when he launches an initiative to
clean up the Willamette from its headwaters east of Eugene all the way
to the Columbia...
April 13: (Statesman Journal) Dallas annexation plan worries residents
DALLAS - A conceptual development plan and a proposal to annex 14 acres
between Polk Station Road and Kings Valley Highway north of Dallas have
area residents concerned that new roads and homes would destroy their
quality of life. The Dallas City Council is expected to decide Monday
whether the area should be annexed...
April 13: (Statesman Journal) Salem councilors reject annex plan
Salem City Council rejected Monday a developer's request to
fast-track the annexation of land north of town for a proposed
400,000-square-foot shopping center. The council voted 6-1 to decline
the request and tell the developer to apply for an annexation under
normal city code. Councilor Jim Randall cast the lone dissenting vote.
The developer had asked that the council initiate the annexation itself
under state code. If that had happened, the annexation would have gone
to voters in November without a specific development plan they could
review - something that has been required since 2002...
April 12: (USA Today) New town's challenge is to stick to blueprint
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. - Aaron and Sara Flanagan knew that a house
in the San Francisco Bay Area, the nation's priciest real-estate market,
was out of the question. But a sprawling new development just over the
coastal mountains seemed like a perfect fit. Suburbia without
cookie-cutter monotony. Lots of parks and open space. A school two
blocks away. The promise of old-fashioned neighborhoods. And at $414,000
for four bedrooms, they could just squeeze in...
April 12: (Editorial, San Francisco Chronicle) Wal-Mart starts to pay
When it comes to engineering profits, Wal-Mart has no peer. But when it
comes to playing politics, the mighty retail giant is strictly five-and-
dime. That is not to say that the world's largest corporation is cheap
when it is trying to bully its way into another targeted community.
Wal-Mart has shown a propensity to throw the kind of money at cities it
plans to invade that its employees rarely see. But its campaign tactics
are shamelessly small-town -- a legacy, perhaps, of its humble
beginnings in Bentonville, Ark...
April 11: (Editorial, Statesman Journal) Don't fast-track plan that
could harm city
We can see why William Colson wants to fast-track his proposal to build
a huge shopping center on Salem's north side: There's money to be
made from prime property off Interstate 5. What we can't see is why
the city should help drive a stake through its own heart - downtown. The
City Council should insist that this matter gets the same kind of
scrutiny given to every other annexation request...
April 11: (Statesman Journal) Retail center might receive expedited
Salem planners are recommending an expedited annexation process for a
proposed 400,000-square-foot regional shopping center north of town, one
that would put the project on the November general election ballot. The
proposal would go to voters without a specific development plan they
could review, something that Salem code has required of all annexations
April 11: (Eugene Register-Guard) Eugene City Beat: Land use code bites
doggy day care owner
This is a tale about dog day care, with an accompanying lesson about
where to put a business in Eugene. Some dog owners put their pooches in
dog day care, the canine equivalent of child care. If you're one of the
people trying to capitalize on that trend - or for that matter if you
own any business at all - make sure you pick the right spot for your
enterprise, or the outcome could be unpleasant...
April 9: (Portland Tribune) Revisioning Division: Coalition's proposals
held up as model for land use and design
With its shelves of incense, hemp handbags, sun catchers and trinkets
made from recycled materials, there's a sense of harmony inside Mirador,
a gift shop that Steve and Lynn Hanrahan opened three years ago on the
corner of Southeast Division Street and 21st Avenue. Step outside the
shop into what's known as the "seven corners," and enter a world of
chaos. The confusing seven-point intersection is expected to get a
multimillion-dollar face-lift and redevelopment push that city leaders
think could be a model for other neighborhoods...
April 9: (Bend Bulletin) Deschutes 94th-fastest growing county in U.S.
Deschutes County ranked as the 94th-fastest growing county in the
nation and remains the fastest-growing county in Oregon, according to
percent growth figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The
population in Crook and Jefferson counties grew by 7.4 percent and 3.5
April 9: (AP, Eugene-Register-Guard) Deschutes fastest-growing county
PORTLAND - The flood of out-of-state pleasure seekers and retirees
moving into Central Oregon's Deschutes County has slowed, but the county
still leads Oregon in overall population growth, according to a new U.S.
Census Bureau study released Thursday. The agency studied population
estimates for 3,142 counties in the United States from April 2000 to
July 2003. The nation's fastest-growing county, Loudoun County in
northern Virginia, increased about 31 percent overall, the census
April 9: (The Oregonian) Milwaukie panel looks at transit center
MILWAUKIE -- Two hours into its meeting Thursday night, the city's
planning commission still was nailing down details of a proposed plan to
build a transit center off Kellogg Lake. Representatives from TriMet and
Metro discussed the effects of using the site and the reasons for
choosing it. TriMet representative Michael Fisher said concerns about
cost, service limitations, safety and negative impacts on local
businesses led them to favor the Kellogg Lake site for bus and
light-rail service as well as a park-and-ride garage...
April 9: (Daily Journal of Commerce) Wal-Mart could resort to
initiatives in Oregon
Stymied by increasing local opposition nationwide, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
has turned to the ballot box to win the right to build its mammoth
stores in some cities, a strategy that failed this week in Inglewood,
Calif., where voters rejected a Wal-Mart-sponsored initiative 2-1.
Although the company has not yet tried this tactic in Oregon, it could,
according to the state attorney general's office...
April 8: (Tualatin Times) City, Metro get an earful
TUALATIN - Many Tualatin citizens seem to agree that a connector road
is sorely needed between Interstate 5 and Highway 99W. Just don't
build the connector through Tualatin's heart - move it farther south,
local residents urged again and again at a public forum Tuesday night.
More than 200 people turned out for the forum hosted by the Tualatin
City Council to offer their thoughts about two regional proposals that
could have far-reaching effects on the city: the I-5/99W connector and
the addition of industrial land to the urban growth boundary...
April 8: (AP, Frenso Bee) Wal-Mart not giving up on bid to expand in
Calif despite setbacks
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wal-Mart officials said the retail giant still plans
to expand its business in California, despite a string of setbacks and
potential hurdles at the hands of union-backed opposition groups and
some elected officials. The world's largest company spent more than $1
million to try to sway residents in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood
to approve its ballot initiative clearing the way for a new store, but
it lost the vote Tuesday...
April 8: (Albany Democrat-Herald) Tree issue to come up again before
The Albany Planning Commission must decide whether a grove of 178 trees
is in the way of a proposed subdivision on the south side of Knox Butte
Road east of Goldfish Farm Road. The trees, mostly ash, alder and
poplar, range in diameter from 8 to 24 inches and grow in a former
railroad right-of-way near where Dogwood Avenue intersects Goldfish Farm
April 8: (Ashland Daily Tidings) Council continues wrangling over
What happens if the debate over the proposed DeBoer home ends in a 3-3
tie vote of the Ashland City Council? Normally, the mayor would cast the
tie-breaking vote. But in this case, Mayor Alan DeBoer is the brother
of, Sid DeBoer who is attempting to have the home built on his property
to replace an existing home...
April 8: (The Oregonian) Land use board denies Wal-Mart
HILLSBORO -- A state land use board Wednesday denied an appeal by
Wal-Mart to build Washington County's first store, delivering a victory
to the city in a controversy that has played out for 18 months. The
Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals upheld the city's interpretation of its
zoning code regarding the store proposed at Northwest Cornelius and West
Baseline roads. The City Council rejected the proposal in August, a
decision Wal-Mart appealed a month later to the board...
April 8: (The Oregonian) Density dawns in the suburbs
Portland's southwest suburbs once played treasured refuge for city
dwellers seeking bigger back yards and respite from urban pressures.
Even five years ago, the tight clusters of town houses and row homes
peppering places such as Northwest Portland were suburban rarities. Not
April 7: (AP, Coos Bay World) Voters reject Wal-Mart bid
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Voters rejected a ballot measure that would
have cleared the way for a colossal Wal-Mart in this Los Angeles suburb,
one of several communities across the nation to resist the retailer's
advances. Activists who opposed the measure - which would have allowed
Wal-Mart to skirt zoning, traffic and environmental reviews - said it
would hurt the community by inviting the Supercenter to drive out small
business and encourage sprawl...
April 7: (Medford Mail-Tribune) Neighbors react to wetland work
When a local developer began cutting vegetation and draining water in
an urban wetland two blocks from West Main Street, neighbors reacted.
Pamela Danford, who owns two adjacent parcels, said she's worried the
willows, cattails and blackbirds will all be replaced by housing.
"It's locally significant wetlands," said Danford, adding that the
city told her they can't do anything to stop the work...
April 7: (Medford Mail-Tribune) Planners sign off on Wal-Mart
CENTRAL POINT - Planning Commission members gave their final approval
Tuesday night for a 207,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter at East
Pine Street and Hamrick Road. The decision, which was a formal
acceptance of decisions made last week before an audience of 200-plus,
comes just weeks after Citizens Advisory Committee members declared the
project not a good fit for the community. The project will be reviewed
in its entirety by City Council members April 15...
April 6: (Albany Democrat-Herald) Wal-Mart bid expected in Albany
Albany can expect to get a land-use application soon for a Wal-Mart
supercenter on southwest Pacific Boulevard. The company has an option to
buy the site of the former Southwest Forest and later Stone Forest
plywood mill, according to a source who said he couldn't yet talk about
the development publicly...
April 6: (Tillamook Headlight-Herald) City beats out FEMA's deadline
TILLAMOOK - A pesky detail left undone - but one with potentially dire
consequences for some local property owners - had City Council
scrambling this week to approve minor changes in a floodplain management
map for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...
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