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Ill ill| BilHIIn WgOl|g | H wnm, wil iw l,limPn HR, Ellq mini  I! Ili|l|ilYilili Page 14 II Planners From page 1 Planning commissioners recommended a new variance ordinance for approval by the City Council 4-0 on Monday night during its regular meeting. "We threw this ordinance out, pretty much," said Community Development Director Carol Lewis. Basically, the Planning Commissions started over. Here and there, the proposed ordinance retains some of the same language, but it&apos;s almost entirely new. The process remains the same, she said, and it matches what the Planing Commission is doing now. The new ordinance adds application requirements, Lewis said. Those did not exist previously and commissioners had problems understanding what an applicant was planning. "What we're getting at here is show us this stuff so we can see what you're trying to do," Lewis said. The ordinance now.spells out what materials must come with an application. The criteria have changed substantially, although the purpose is similar, Lewis said. Under the existing ordinance, the criteria simply must be considered, and then the Planning Commission can make a choice regardless of whether the request meets them. Under the new ordinance, the variance application will need to meet the criteria. Current criteria permit a variance for exceptional or extraordinary circumstances applied to a property, based on lot size, Shape, topography or other circumstance. The variance must be necessary to preserve a property fight and cannot be materially detrimental to the purposes of the code or property in the vicinity. It also must be the minimum necessary to alleviate the hardship. The new criteria" say that the resulting development may not be detrimental to public health or safety, conflict with the Comprehensive Plan, be the minimum needed for reasonable use of the property and be consistent with the purposes of the zone. The cumulative effect of variances must still result in a project consistent with the purpose of the zone, and negative impacts from the variance can be mitigated to the extent it is practical. Vot J C.oM Mt JNITV can sign off on two-year extensions as long as there are no changes to the plan, Lewis said. In addition to variance- revisions, the commission approved a recommendation to prohibit the burial of human remains on private property. Currently, state law allows individuals to bury human remains on their proPerty with the permission of a Planning Commission, Lewis said. Sweet Home doesn't have a process in place, and following discussion in work sessions in recent months, the commission suggests simply prohibiting such burials. Among the reasons, the small size of property raises health concerns about burials in proximity to wells and gardens. Visitation easements could devalue propertyl Future subdivisions of larger lte Te Er. - April 4, 2012 lots could be problematic if there were burial grounds that required adjusting infrastructure and lots to protect them, limiting buildable area. Natural resource areas, such as wetlands, floodplains and riparian zones could also be negatively impacted by it. Attending the Planning Commission meeting were commissioners Alan Culver, Greg Stephens, Eva' Juruey and Chairman Henry Wolthuis. Absent were Anay Hausner, Lance Gatchell and Michael E. Adams. In other business, the commission: Approved several variances for Northern Investments to site a 24-foot manufactured home at 1901 19th Ave. Among the variances were the size of the home, 24 feet wide, and the 3/12 pitch of the roof. "You do this enough, you see 'ou're not really reading these words the current criteria) anyway," Lewis aid. "You're looking at these kinds ,f things (the new criteria)." Along with the criteria, there is human factor too, Lewis said. The Lew ordinance allows the commission a take into account"considerations," uch as the economic impact on an pplicant if a:variance is denied; the hysical impacts the development ould have with noise, traffic and aore; preservation of native tree pecies; and even the aesthetics of he proposal. The commission cannot pprove a variance based on such onsiderations, Lewis said, but it can Lelp the commissbn figure out how n application may fit the criteria. The new ordinance allows Lewis a sign off on single-year extensions ,f variances, and the commission Phone Discounts AvaiLable to CenturvLink Customers The Oregon Public Utility Commission designated CenturyLink as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier within its service area for universal service puqoses. 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Ty I cally, the roses have been broug with pioneers traveling from t east along the Oregon Trail. The two have planted one re in Olympia. Wash.. McMullen saJ The rest have been in Oregon. They've been planting the rc es forabout two years. McMull said. King volunteers at the Lo Fir Cemetery in Portland. T cemetery has a rose garden plant by Mary Drain Albro. Drain Albro began the gard in 1936 after looking around a: noticing that pioneer roses we disappearing, McMullen said. S founded the Pioneer Rose Ass ciation and went to work recow ing some 23 species that had be brought to Oregon. In 1949. the PRA disbande and Drain Albro gave all of her search to Pacific University in F( est Grove. McMullen said. Tt inspired King, and she form Northwest Rose Historians w McMullen. Morse said she would like plant the rose at the museum son time in the ne;t few weeks. 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