Residents against apartments

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There weren’t signs, but it was pretty clear where the crowd stood on the issue. At the public hearing in front of Keizer Hearings Officer Cynthia Domas in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center on June 12, approximately 100 people filled the room to talk about a proposal to convert the so-called “cow park” by Claggett Creek Park into land for more than 100 apartments. Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, emphasized the purpose of the hearing was to consider an application for a comprehensive plan map change, a zone map change and a lot line adjustment. “The concern we all have is we want to see what is being planned,” Brown said. “We want adequate safeguards so what is there is consistent with the standards of the community. Here, we have a certain set of tools to set those.” After proponent Mark Grenz of Multi-Tech Engineering spoke (see related story, pg. 3) about his proposal, it was a chance to supporters to speak. There were none, so Domas started going down the list of opponents. A total of 23 people spoke, with many more passing on the opportunity to do so since their ideas had already been expressed by others. Larry Odle, who lives on the same block of Verda Lane, was among a number of people recognizing the property...

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