It seems that a citizen has filed a notice of intent to appeal to LUBA the Troutdale City Council's decision last week to change the minimum height and width restrictions within the exception area of the central business district. (Boy, that's a bureaucrat's mouthful).
We did vote to reconsider these issues, but I have no idea what path the City Council will take. Keep them the same? Refer them to a committee or two or three? I have no idea.
For now, the new height and width restrictions will take effect on February 24, 2006- hey that's this Friday. Time sure goes by fast.
I have already said I've had second thoughts on the new 45 foot minimum height. With a variance, that could be a little too tall for downtown Troutdale.
On one hand, I detest the new urbanist density being shoved down our throats by Metro. On the other hand, I'd like to see the City give property owners some design flexibility in downtown Troutdale. Especially the south side of Historic Columbia River Highway. Especially for the burned out Marino property.
The best bet is to find out what our community wants to do. I'm all ears, or all blog comments.
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