Comp-plan ordinances get hearing

NORTH BEND - More than two years after they were introduced, North Bend is getting close to making changes to its comprehensive plan the law.

City Council members adopted comprehensive-plan amendments this summer, and on Thursday, Oct. 10, the Planning Commission held a public hearing for eight ordinances that would officially enact the amendments.

"We've got the goals and policies set and they've been adopted. Now it's a matter of implementing them," said Associate Planner Steve Buske. The Planning Commission will forward the proposed ordinances to the City Council, which will vote on whether to approve them.

Incompatible land uses resulted in several changes to the comprehensive plan. A transitional area overlay district would help ease the transition from, for example, areas zoned Interchange Commercial or Employment Park to neighboring areas zoned High Density Residential or Low Density Residential.

Land once zoned Interchange Commercial close to Interstate 90 would be rezoned to Interchange Mixed Use, a less intensive commercial zoning. In addition, land near Meadowbrook and Tollgate farms would be downzoned from Employment Park 1 to Neighborhood Business to reflect the area's more rural character.

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