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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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