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Canby Utility raising rates slightly, Ackerman Sports Complex still alive despite high price

During a presentation regarding an analysis of Canby's housing needs for the next 20 years, Senior Planner Matilda Dees noted that Canby has sufficient land to accommodate residential development in all residential Plan Designations except for high density residential.

Her report suggested the following recommendation and policy considerations:

> remove the mixed density residential designation;

> re-designate 14 acres of mixed density residential to medium density residential;

> re-designate 26 acres of mixed density residential to medium density residential;

>re-designate 15 acres of mixed density residential to highway commercial;

> re-designate the remaining mixed density residential to low density residential;

> re-designate private recreation to low density residential;

> remove convenience commercial designation;

> remove residential commercial designation from all but the two residential commercial tax lots and re-designate as per current underlying: and

> re-designate the two noted residential commercial tax lots to high density residential.

Other considerations include allowing duplexes in low density residential zones as well as allowing cottage housing in residential zones as an affordable option.

Cottage housing is defined as a grouping of small, single family dwelling units clustered around a common area and developed with a coherent plan for the entire site.

Yet another consideration is inclusionary zoning, which would require residential developments to include a range of housing types by size and price to help meet housing needs for all ages and income levels. Dees also mentioned very small homes of 500 to 800 square feet for accessory dwellings or in small home subdivisions. And, to incentivize construction, the city might consider reducing planning fees or SDCs for affordable housing developments.

Rate Increase

Council president Tim Dale announced that Canby Utility would be raising rates to reflect the true cost and to increase efficiency. The Utility's rates to Bonneville Power Association are being increase to 4.2 percent and that brings residential rates up 4.5 percent on only what residents' burn not on the meter. Dale added that the comparison is really small compared to neighboring cities except for McMinnville.

"Those other cities using PGE pay 86 percent more for commercial requirements and 47 percent more for residential," he said.

Other news

While some may have thought the Ackerman complex had died from sticker shock, it's not true. The school board hasn't pulled out and apparently it continues to move forward, but news has been lacking.

Mayor Brian Hodson also disclosed information about the proclamations. The total over the last two years has been 25 proclamations each year. The committee came up with three ideas: don't do any proclamations, do them all or pare them down. There is only one remaining this year for December, the Kiwanis food and toy drive. He hopes to keep the total to about six or eight for next year and if people are concerned they can make note of them through the communications announcement at the beginning or toward the end of the meeting.

In other council news, the council members unanimously passed two resolutions: Number 1326 requesting an Intergovernmental Agreement between Canby and Clackamas County related to road maintenance and allowing a portion of South Ivy between 13th Avenue and the southerly urban growth boundary into the city; and Number 1327, which adopts Canby's addendum to the Clackamas County Jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

They also passed Ordinance 1520, by a second vote to increase vendors' abilities to remain in a specific area for an additional 90 days or 270 days during a one-year period.


Carol Rosen
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