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OFFICIALS TACKLE SIX REMAINING ITEMS

The city and county will address six remand items Wednesday in answer to the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission Remand Order regarding the Brookings Urban Growth Boundary.

The six issues must be addressed by the city, county and special districts before the expanded boundary can be finalized.

The issues are as followed:

The count and city must provide additional justification for projected commercial land needs or reduce it to the 243 acre projection estimated by Department of Land Conservation and Development staff. Review of figures used by DLCD were found to be a mixture of the results of two different studies. When the correct figures of a higher base year population and lower projected growth were used the result was within five acres of the original projection.

The city and county must adopt a policy to consider alternatives to water withdrawals from the Chetco River during the late summer months to address fish resources in the development of the public facilities plan.

The city is preparing a Water Master and Conservation Management Plan which will include ordinances for the curtailment of water withdrawals in times of low water or other emergencies.

The city must delete the six acre Ashcraft parcel and all or part of the 23 acre Itzen parcel which are suitable for farm use, contribute to farm use on adjacent farm lands or are needed to buffer adjacent farm lands, or show that these parcels are not suitable for farming. This issue was turned over to the land owners to answer. L.C. Ashcraft retained David Hunnicutt, attorney for Oregonians in Action and David Itzen retained Jim Capp of Western Land Use Services. The parcel owners or their representatives will present findings and conclusions at the public hearing.

The city and county must adopt adequate policies and zoning standards to limit adverse impacts on farm uses and protect long-term viability of existing farms on the Harbor Bench or delete the lands included in the boundary south of Benham Lane and between U.S. 101 and the ocean.

A study by staff indicated only a limited number of parcels within the UGB have a common boundary with farm land and most are presently developed. Therefore, impact to farm land by these lands is limited and can be reduced with additional zoning requirements. City and county planning staffs met with DLCD and the affected farmers and developed comprehensive plan policies and zoning requirements to limit adverse impacts.

The city and county must amend the existing Urban Growth Area Management Agreement in two areas. The first requires that master and special plans developed within the UGB be adopted as amendments to the county comprehensive plan.

There are three areas within the UGB designated as special master plan and when these areas are developed a master plan must be developed to include proposed land uses, proposed utility system (water, sewer, storm drainage, etc.), the proposed street system and time frame for completion. The second amendment would require that any interim services used for development within the UGB be limited to rural levels of development or be specifically allowed in the Public Facilities Plan for the UGB when it is adopted.

The city, county and special districts must amend urban service agreements to state they will be completed in conjunction with public facilities plans. Agreements with the two sanitary districts must agree that interim services will be limited to rural levels of development or levels specifically allowed by the public facilities plan. Amended agreements have been submitted to all special districts in the UGB and all have signed the amended agreements.

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