No quorum moves commission vote on fun center to Dec. 12
Due to a lack of a quorum, a Sherwood Planning Commission meeting set to mull plans for a new entertainment and recreation fun center on Langer Farms Parkway was continued until Dec. 12.
On Tuesday, the commission was set to hold a public hearing on Parkway Village South, which contains plans for a 92,899-square-foot fun center. The proposal is being made by Langer Family, LLC, with AKS Engineering and Forestry acting as representative.
However, the usual seven-member-strong commission was down by three members due to one member being ill, another being out of town and a vacancy on the commission. After a short break where city planning staff and the city attorney huddled, it was announced that a planning commission member – Rob Rettig -- would need to recuse himself because he works for AKS Engineering and Forestry, the applicant's representative. That brought the number of voting commissioners down to three, not enough to approve a land-use application. (For the record, consulting work completed by AKS found in planning packets is fairly common in the Portland-metro area as is AKS personnel representing an applicant before planning commissions.)
Julia Hajduk, the city's community development director, said the lack of a quorum on the Planning Commission was unusual and may be a first during her tenure.
In addition to the fun center, plans are to build 32,408 square feet of retail space (along with plans for a 392-square-foot coffee kiosk) to the south of the current Parkway Village at Sherwood, the complex that contains the WalMart superstore.
Meanwhile, the Planning Commission also approved Bowman House 4 at 15804 S.W. First St. Like the prior three homes, this one will be built by Sherwood High School students under the leadership of construction teacher Jon Dickover.