Tuesday, September 16, 2003
For the third time, the City of Hood River has postponed the first public comment period on a draft plan for mixed-use zoning of the waterfront.
The formal Planning Commission hearing that was set to take place on Sept. 24 has been rescheduled until Oct. 1. City officials decided to postpone the forum — which had already been set back from Sept. 10 — because the third county hearing on Wal-Mart’s application for a super center was scheduled to take place that same evening.
The City Planning Commission will now take testimony on the proposed waterfront ordinance at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the third floor courtroom of the county courthouse, 309 State Street. The recommendation of that appointed body will be considered by the City Council on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in the same courtroom.
The council will discuss issues related to the draft waterfront plan on Monday. That work session begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the junction of State and Second streets. City Manager Lynn Guenther said no citizen testimony about the subject will be taken that evening.
The Port of Hood River’s mixed-use zoning proposal for the waterfront was originally scheduled to be aired at a City Planning Commission hearing in mid-August.
But that assembly was delayed so the city could resolve state concerns over traffic and the industrial land base. Then, the new waterfront hearing date of Sept. 10 was again delayed so that the City Council could peruse the latest revisions before the formal hearings began.
In early June, the port requested that the city adopt a zoning code that would accommodate recreational, commercial and industrial development.
The municipality is charged with setting land-use designations for the properties under consideration between the riverside jetty know as the Hook and the Hood River.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge