Councilors approve infill changes

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Infill standards in Keizer have been revised. Revisions were approved at the most recent Keizer City Council meeting on Aug. 17. Prior to that, members of the Keizer Planning Commission had looked at the issue in February, May, June and July before making recommendations to council. “Infill standards have been ongoing for some time,” said Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer. “It’s been a lot of effort. One of the council’s goals for this year was compatibility with existing neighbors. We met with various people to solicit input. The Planning Commission had testimony from representatives of the Salem-Keizer Home Builders Association and the West Keizer Neighborhood Association.” Brown acknowledged the infill process can be confusing. “One problem with our development code is two distinct types of development requirements, those which govern infill and regulations which govern all other new developments,” Brown said. “It was depending on the size of the parcel. This dual code provision created confusion as to which set of regulations applied. It’s always been confusing and odd, with the same lot sizes, streets that look the same and yet different standards. It’s confusing to people. We’ve long tried to pursue a goal to reach common standards.” Brown noted a delicate balance was needed with standards. “We made sure we found a balance to raise the standards for a...

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