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City Council looking at changing the start time of meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

It didn't take long for Canby's City Council to find potential new members for its Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

At its last meeting, councilors increased the number of board members to nine after determining more were necessary at the March 3 goal setting retreat.

At the March 21 meeting, the council will have candidates to choose from to fill the advisory board, raising it to nine from its previous seven. They include Judy Zettergrey, Scott Sasse, Andrew Crites and Jeffrey Carr.

The Canby Herald.

Zettergray, a retiree, is a master gardener for Clackamas and Yamhill counties as well as a UMC Canby trustee, a past board member of Oregon Tradeswomen with volunteer experience as a team member and leader. She has multiple advanced degrees in biological sciences.

Sasse owns a landscape business. He hopes to "fix what we have first," before starting new programs.

Crites also is a business owner who has served as president of four boards within the state. He wants "…to see that time, money and effort are being directed toward activities that benefit the community as a whole."

Carr is retired and still on the committee. He wants to "re-establish" the Slice of Summer and the 'Canby Carolers' singing event. Prior to retirement, he worked for the Oakland and Chico, Calif. departments of parks and recreation.

Two potential members, Corey Boehler and Andrea Warnock, have signed up to be appointed to the Traffic Safety Board.

Boehler is the owner and president of Bridge City Parking.

He says his background in parking management includes traffic control and he's interested in how Canby plans and develops programs that affect the community.

Warnock, a homemaker and student, also is looking to join the Traffic Safety Commission.

At a recent commission meeting, she represented her homeowners association for a four-way stop sign leading into her neighborhood and was invited to attend a sub-committee hearing.

"I want to continue to assist in improving the safety of our community," she said in her application.

The issue causing the most discussion in the past month concerns the appeal of Daniel Webb on behalf of Linda Thomas, Andrew Jarmer, Ryan and Kerrie Oliver and Eric and Josephine Recht for the SUB 17-06 North Redwood Landing subdivision. Although the council members initially voted in favor of the development concept plan in December, they voided that vote and ruled in favor of the appeal at the Feb. 28 meeting.

However, the developer has asked to work out the problems.

Council members found several concerns in the proposal. First, the development lots were below the R-1 minimum size of 7,000 square feet. ICON Construction used an alternative method of lot sizing and the concept of density transfer because of parkland dedication. However the math involved in the density transfer was based on a buildable land concept that was unrealistic and not truly buildable, being either too steep or too wet for access.

The proposed parkland dedication exceeded what was designed into the development concept plan. This further put a crimp into the R-1 designation by leading to increasingly smaller lot sizes, violating the zoning balance.

Temporary turnarounds at street stubs created easements covering lot areas not properly subtracted from the lot sizes. Surrounding owners don't have to develop the temporary turnarounds and the fact the council worries that these may have to exist forever further concerned the members. In some cases these turnarounds would create lot sizes of those parcels below the absolute minimum of 5,000 square feet called for in the city's municipal code. Finally, the proposed street locations didn't align with lot boundaries of the adjacent land owners recommended in the DCP and against the city's municipal code even though the applicant claimed it was feasible.

At the March 21 meeting, Mayor Brian Hodson also plans to proclaim March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in honor of the men who lost their lives there and those that returned home with wounds and scars, PTSD and horrible memories.

Other agenda items will include an Intergovernmental Agreement with the city of Wilsonville to provide midday transit service between Canby and Wilsonville; annexing and rezoning 31-acres into the city; amending its contract with MC Transportation Inc. out of Dallas, Texto provide transit operations for Canby Area Transit, and changing City Council meeting start times to 7 p.m. from 7:30 p.m., starting July 5.

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