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<br />e <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />III. PUBLIC HEARING: ANNEXATION/REZONING REQUEST FOR PROPERTY GENERALLY <br />LOCATED IN THE RIVER ROAD AREA, IN THE VICINITY OF MAXWELL ROAD AND <br />THE NORTHWEST EXPRESSWAY (RIVER ROAD CHURCH OF CHRIST, AZ 89-6) <br /> <br />City Manager Mike Gleason introduced the topic. Cathy Czerniak, Planning and <br />Development Department, summarized the code criteria for annexation and <br />rezoning requests. <br /> <br />Ms. Czerniak reported that the Planning Commission recommended approval of <br />the request for annexation 4-1. After the Planning Commission Public <br />Hearing, the record was held open for an additional seven days for written <br />comments at the request of a citizen. <br /> <br />Seventeen people spoke in opposition to the request at the Planning <br />Commission public hearing. Concerns raised during the testimony included the <br />impact of traffic on the adjacent neighborhoods, preservation of the natural <br />areas on this lot, potential hazards from the adjacent Southern Pacific <br />railroad tracks and tank farms, loss of the rural atmosphere of the <br />neighborhood, and concerns about the method used to process the annexation. <br />Ms. Czerniak pointed out that many of the concerns expressed in the testimony <br />had to do with development of the parcel, but said that detailed development <br />plans are not required as part of the annexation process. <br /> <br />In response to the many concerns raised during the public testimony, the <br />Planning Commission recommended the attachment of site review criteria to <br />Parcel 4306. In summary, the site review includes: buffering of existent <br />low-density residential development, evaluation of ingress and egress to <br />address evacuation needs in the event of an emergency, and preservation of <br />natural features along the drainage channel. The Planning Commission <br />unanimously recommended approval of rezoning the portion of Tax Lot 4306 <br />within 100 feet of Labona Drive to R-1, the remainder of the lot to R-2/SR, <br />and rezoning of Tax Lot 4900 to RA. <br /> <br />Mayor Miller opened the public hearing. <br /> <br />Larry Gaskin, 1580 River Road, spoke on behalf of the petitioner. He urged <br />the council to approve the request for annexation and to amend the Planning <br />Commission's recommendation for zoning so that the entire lot be zoned R-2/SR <br />with the site review criteria addreSSing the buffering of adjacent <br />development along Labona Drive. Mr. Gaskin expressed disappointment that the <br />petitioner was not able to respond to staff's modified zone change <br />recommendation at the January 9 Planning Commission meeting, and said that he <br />felt that the church had been victimized by a flawed process in allowing <br />subjective emotional appeals rather than objective criteria alter the <br />Planning Commission's zone change recommendation. <br /> <br />Dick Hinz, 1833 Labona Drive, testified against the request for zone change <br />and annexation. He expressed concern about the safety risks posed by the <br />proximity of the Southern Pacific tank farms to existing residential <br />development and felt additional development would hinder evacuation in the <br />event of an emergency. <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br /> <br />February 12, 1990 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />