Day: March 30, 2012

Population projections could shape city’s future

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Planning commissioners forwarded to the Keizer City Council earlier this month a population projection city officials believe will stand up to possible legal challenges. The Keizer City Council, as part of the state-mandated periodic review process, is holding a public hearing on April 2 to decide whether the projected population of 48,089 is included in planning documents that could one day determine the size, if any, of a potential urban growth boundary amendment. Community Development Director Nate Brown said that figure is based on factors that include past growth for the city, region and state along with statewide anticipated population increases. Numbers were based primarily on a Marion County projection of county-wide population expectations, along with estimated growth patterns provided by Portland State University. State law require a 20-year supply of buildable commercial and residential lands within the urban growth boundary – a line drawn around cities essentially dictating where they are allowed to grow. A regional forecast prepared by ECONorthwest concluded Keizer would need space for some 2,800 homes within the next 20 years to meet projected demand, including 1,710 single-family and 1,177 medium and medium-high density housing units – equaling about 439 acres. Brown cautioned against aspirational estimates of more growth, saying groups like 1,000 Friends of Oregon have filed legal challenges to other cities’ plans – and have successfully delayed...

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Offending sculpture in snow gets cops called

A Keizer woman found out snow sculptures of genitalia are not, in fact, illegal – after she called police to report it. The complainant called dispatchers just before noon Thursday, March 22, reporting a “large penis made of snow on the sidewalk” in the 800 block of Plymouth Drive NE, according to a Keizer Police report. She found it offensive and was afraid children might see it, but an officer told her there were no laws broken. The responding officer also advised the resident of the home where the offending snow sculpture was located. The resident said friends built it as a prank the night before and offered to break it up. Listen to the call to dispatchers http://keizertimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Dispatch-Audio-Snow.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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