Day: September 14, 2016

‘Cow pasture’ rezone draws more detraction

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer residents continued a drumbeat of opposition to a proposed rezoning of the area commonly known as “the cow pasture” in documents submitted to the city. Residents had until Monday, Aug. 29, to submit rebuttals to the new evidence provided by the Herber family, the owners of the property west of Verda Lane Northeast between Chemawa Road northeast and Dearborn Avenue Northeast. The Herber family is seeking approval of city officials to rezone the land and pave the way for a new high-density development in the form of 112 apartments. The Keizer City Council rejected the proposition in October 2014, but the family returned earlier this year with a slightly modified plan calling for eight fewer apartments and a new look designed to help the apartments fit in among the residential neighborhoods surrounding it. The city council is expected to make another decision on the rezone proposal at its Sept. 19 meeting. No public testimony will be allowed at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road N.E. Karen Okada provided the most lengthy and detailed rebuttal of the proposal. While the plan proponents have suggested that the decision to rezone the property for apartments was based on Keizer’s housing needs and inventories, the need for residential housing is greater than the need for high density housing,...

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