New plan for Area C?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A new plan could be in the works for Keizer Station Area C. During the Sept. 15 Keizer City Council meeting, Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, told councilors a group was coming Tuesday, Sept. 23, for a pre-application conference “to revise the plan of the Area C master plan.” Brown preferred the amendment come directly to council for several reasons, such as councilors having the background and familiarity with the issues, the decisions including the ones in response to Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) remands having already been developed after “lengthy and arduous” work, the past decisions and conditions largely remaining intact, the applicant being under an “extremely tight timeline,” and the council being the final decision body in master plan applications. Plans for Area C – at Chemawa Road NE and Lockhaven Drive NE – were last submitted back in September 2012, with a main retail space of 77,000 square feet, 11 apartment buildings and a medical office building of 53,000 square feet. That was an amendment to an earlier plan calling for an 116,000 square foot building, believed to be a Walmart. The 2012 plan was submitted by controversial developer Chuck Sides, who acknowledged the revised plan was “cleaned up” to mitigate land use planning concerns. “Obviously the economy has taken a hit, and there’s not the...

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