Saturday, December 7, 2013
A new subdivision may be coming to Hood River, pending city approval.
The development, which is referred to as the Sieverkropp 3rd Addition Subdivision, is to be located on the Heights in a section of fallow land that abuts a current development up in the Pacific Avenue area a couple blocks east of Horizon Christian School. It will be roughly bound by the city limits to the east and by Cameo Drive to the south.
The 23.97-acre development will feature 100 lots on land zoned Residential-1 and Residential-2 according to plans submitted to the city. The R-1 lots will average 11,182 square feet in size and the R-2 lots will average 5,748 square feet. Average allowable lot coverage is 4,473 square feet and 2,588 square feet, respectively.
The extension of several streets on the Heights will be required for the development, including Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Pacific Avenue, and Sieverkropp Drive, which will now terminate in a cul-de-sac.
The plans also call for three buildings to be removed near the end of Cameo Drive, which is located off of Elliot Drive near the city boundary. Houses on the east side of the subdivision, where most of the larger lots are located, will have a view of the Hood River canyon. The development will feature pedestrian paths, a stormwater pond, and a small swath of land designated as open space that slopes eastward to the Hood River.
The owner of the property is Sieverkropp Orchards, which is based southwest of Portland in the city of Sherwood. Linda Shipley, the contact person listed on the application submitted to the city, did not reply to a request for comment by press time.
Cindy Walbridge, planning director for the City of Hood River, said Thursday that the application was in its final stages and a public hearing on the development would likely be scheduled sometime in February 2014.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge