An Ordinance Approving a Quasi-judicial Zone Change from OS/PF to R-3 for an Approximately 5.03-Acre Parcel (3N 10E 26DB Tax Lot 700) – Morrison Park.

 The Hood River City Council adopts the following findings:
 WHEREAS, the City of Hood River as owner and applicant, applied for a quasi-judicial zone change for the ~5.03-acre Morrison Park property (Tax Lot 700, 3N 10E 26DB) from the property’s current Open Space/Public Facilities (OS/PF) to Urban High Density Residential (R-3);

 WHEREAS, City planning staff provided DLCD with 35-day pre-hearing notice on August 26, 2016 and mailed notice of the proposal and an October 17, 2016 Planning Commission hearing to owners of property within 250 feet of the subject site on September 23, 2016; and

 WHEREAS, Planning staff issued a comprehensive report to the Planning Commission that was publicly released on October 10, 2016 and recommended approval of the rezone request; and

 WHEREAS, the initial evidentiary public hearing was duly noticed and held before the planning commission on October 17, 2016 and continued to February 21 and then to April 17, 2017, after which the planning commission recommended approval of the rezone request, subject to three conditions; and

 WHEREAS, the City Council considered the planning commission’s recommendation at a duly noticed de novo public hearing on May 11, 2017, at which time the Council accepted written and verbal public testimony from anyone on any relevant topic, at the end of which the City Council left open the record and continued the matter to May 22, 2017 for two presentations by opponents; and

 WHEREAS, at the May 22nd continued hearing, the Council accepted the two opponent presentations and granted a written rebuttal request from an additional opponent, after which the applicant provided final rebuttal argument; and

 WHEREAS, after the applicant’s final rebuttal argument, the Council closed the record, deliberated and voted 5:2 to approve the application subject to five conditions of approval.

 NOW THEREFORE, the City Council for the City of Hood River ordains as follows:

Section 1.  Incorporation of Recitals:  The foregoing recitals are adopted and incorporated herein by this reference and made a part hereof as findings in support of the City Council’s action taken herein.

Section 2.  Rezone Approval and Conditions.  The City Council hereby approves the rezone request for Tax Lot 700, 3N 10E 26DB as proposed from Open Space/Public Facilities (OS/PF) to Urban High Density Residential (R-3), subject to the following conditions of approval:

1. Include only that portion of Tax Lot 700 on the north side of Wasco Avenue.
2. Preserve a significant park area to include an onsite bike/pedestrian greenway connection.
3. Work with the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority or successor agency as a partner in developing this property after the zoning is changed to R-3.  If this does not happen, don’t sell the property for a market rate development.
4. Construction of a westbound left turn lane on Cascade Avenue at Mt. Adams Avenue (City’s proportionate share = $1,200).
5. Construct a traffic signal at the intersection on Cascade Avenue and 20th Street (City’s proportionate share = $109,000).

Section 3.  Adoption of Findings.  The City Council hereby adopts the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated herein by this reference.

Section 4.  Notice of Decision.  The Planning Director shall issue a written Notice of this decision as required by state law and the Hood River Development Code.

 READ FOR THE FIRST TIME on June 12, 2017. 

 READ FOR THE SECOND TIME and adopted on ____________, 2017.  This Ordinance shall take effect on the 31st day following the second reading.

Paul Blackburn, Mayor

Jennifer Gray, City Recorder APPROVED AS TO FORM:

Daniel Kearns, City Attorney


ORD 2041 with Findings.  Click HERE