Of the Keizertimes

A few weeks later, the expected approval was finally confirmed.

With little comment, Keizer City Councilors approved a remand on Area C plans at Keizer Station Monday night by a 7-0 vote.

Councilors had originally approved an application from E Village, LLC for development in Area C, which at the time included a 116,882 square foot building, in April 2011.

That approval was appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), which remanded the matter back to the city so that both traffic and concurrency issues – residential space being built at the same time as commercial property – could be addressed.

Chuck Sides submitted a revised application in September featuring 72,000 square feet of retail space, which triggered changes in both issues brought up by LUBA since the 80,000 square foot threshold was no longer being triggered.

At a November council meeting, it was noted the city by state law had 90 days – or until Dec. 10 – from the new application being turned in Sept. 9 to issue an order.

Later in November, councilors directed staff to prepare an order calling for approval at Monday’s meeting.

“As revised, the Master Plan/Subdivision proposal meets all applicable standards and criteria and should be granted with the aid of appropriate conditions,” the order read in part.

Since councilors gave indication last month approval would be coming, discussion on Monday was limited. Councilor Joe Egli asked one of the few questions on the night about the topic.

“The building is 72,000 square feet,” Egli said. “If the tenant comes back later and wants to add 20,000 feet, do we have to change the use?”

Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, said such a revision would restart the process.

“If they went above the 80,000 threshold, they would have to show how they are meeting the concurrency requirement,” Brown said. “It would go back to council and the whole public hearing process would begin anew.”