Several municipal code changes on tap

A few parts of the Hood River municipal code will get a facelift during Monday’s city council meeting.

Chief among the changes is an ordinance which will ban residential development in commercial C-2 zones on the waterfront.

The council will also redefine the area constituting the waterfront.

Other changes will include an update to the city’s sign code, by entirely removing one section of the code and replacing it with a new Sign Regulations Chapter and amendment reducing setback requirements to a minimum of three feet from the side and rear property lines in some zones.

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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



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