I encourage the North Bend City Council to approve an amendment to current zoning regulations which would allow a hotel facility at Exit 31.
Our city needs safe, clean and attractive new businesses as we continue to grow in a responsible and responsive manner. A hotel at the proposed location serves the needs of the city, surrounding communities and tourists, offering accommodations sorely lacking at this time.
By working closely with the property owner, developer and franchisee, the city can require design and building improvements that result in a project that addresses and mitigates impact to surrounding property owners while meeting our growing community needs. Requirements could include specific orientation of the hotel building and parking lot as well as screening plantings, berms and other landscaping improvements.
Requirements for directional and low impact lighting and adequate security features will further integrate the hotel into the community. Use of a complementary shuttle can reduce trips and offer a gateway to the many services and features of our town. Intelligent design can provide innovative features that are fiscally and environmentally responsible.
Detractors suggest a better use for this proposed site could be another strip mall. In addition to creating many more car trips, the ability to control the type of tenant and financial “staying power” makes this a much less attractive plan. And let’s face it, we have plenty of strip malls now with vacancies.
Let’s look for cooperative and intelligent ways to incorporate a much needed and long desired hotel into our great community!
Jeri J. Cranney