A public hearing on a rezoning application for property on the corner of Chapel Drive and South 19th Street will resume on Monday, Feb. 13, at the Philomath City Council meeting with reports from city staff about potential impacts on water and traffic.
The public hearing began at the council’s Dec. 12 meeting but was continued with the record to remain open until Jan. 9. The applicant, MSS Engineering, seeks approval “to build two-story, five-plex, three- and four-bedroom housing units on each parcel if the zone change is approved.”
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda and packet is available online.
The 1.09-acre property features four parcels at 800 through 834 South 19th Street and are currently vacant. The rezoning would amend the city’s comprehensive plan map from medium-density residential to high-density residential.
The public hearing in December included testimony from two individuals opposing the rezoning with the submission of a petition that included 32 signatures.
Councilors are expected to further discuss the application and take a vote on its approval.
Also at the meeting, the council is expected to fill seats on the Planning Commission and Inclusivity Committee. A vacancy on the Budget Committee did not attract any applications. In addition, councilors will consider forming an ad-hoc committee to assist with the selection of equipment and a contractor for water treatment plant instrumentation and control.
The council will also review the 2023-27 Strategic Plan and tend to several other matters of business, including a vote on resolutions related to the budget and recent audit.
Councilors will begin the evening with an executive session at 5:30 p.m. as allowed under state statute to discuss “real property transactions,” labor negotiator consultations” and to consult “with legal counsel concerning legal rights and duties regarding current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.”
For those not attending in person at City Hall, the regular meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel.