Landscaping, fence and wall code amendments on Planning Commission’s Monday agenda

The Philomath Planning Commission plans to meet at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall with an agenda that includes discussion and possible action on a proposal to amend city code in the areas of landscaping, fencing and wall construction.

As noted in the city staff’s report, Philomath currently has six active residential subdivisions under construction along with several single-family home, duplex and triplex sites. The city requires new home sites to have finished landscaping in front yards prior to a certificate of occupancy issuance.

Pat Depa, associate city planner who prepared the report, said the goal of the amendments is to clear up various discrepancies and make the code easier to understand for builders about what is required before reaching the final inspection and certificate of occupancy request.

The agenda also includes discussion and possible action on code amendments related to industrial building material standards.

If the commission moves both proposals forward, public hearing dates would be scheduled to receive comments from the community.

Planning Commission members include Chair Gary Conner along with Giana Bernardini, Steve Boggs, Hayley Green, Van Hunsaker, Joseph Sullivan and Peggy Yoder. The group meets on the third Monday of each month as needed.

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