Canby Council explores subdivision issue
Canby's March 7 City Council meeting started off quietly, but finished a bit more lively. As council members moved into the final agenda topic, the application for the Redwood Landing subdivision, a couple of residents weren't happy to hear there may be changes from last meeting's appeal approval.
The attorney for ICON Development, which planned to build the subdivision, asked that the council void their initial refusal to extend the development concept 120 days at the Feb. 21 meeting.
Instead, he asked for possibly two extensions to meet and solve the four problems council members voiced. Those concerns included whether they followed the spirit of the development concept plan, parkland dedication, too small lot sizes and stub streets.
However, Daniel Webb, who had initially brought the appeal on behalf of Linda Thomas, Andrew Jarmer, Ryan and Kerry Oliver, and Eric and Josephine Recht, was there and felt betrayed by the council for giving ICON another chance.
"You're leaving me the impression that the back door is always open," Webb said. "I am concerned. This do-over feels like citizens rights are being stepped on."
Several council members agreed, but added that giving ICON another chance "…and sending it back is what we wanted to do in the first place," said Counselor Traci Hensley.
After much back and forth between city attorney Joseph Lindsay and counsel, the city council voted unanimously 6-0 to send back the findings to the Planning Commission to determine if ICON can address and make the changes necessary to build the subdivision.
The early portion of the meeting went smoothly with the council discussing last Saturday's retreat and unanimously backing a noise variance for Canby Swim Club, a development application for the Mayberry Group to build a subdivision on 31 acres between S. Ivy and S. Fir Streets.
Members also approved increasing the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to nine members from the current seven; annexing 31 acres into the city and authorizing an amendment to its contract with MV Transportation of Dallas, Texas for additional buses.