Public hearing on reports that will impact land-use decisions set for Monday

The City Council and Planning Commission will get together for a joint public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday to collect comments from citizens on three reports that will ultimately help the city update its policies that serve as a guide in the decision-making process on land-use issues.

The public hearing covers three reports:

• A housing needs analysis that determines whether the city has enough land to accommodate 20 years of population and housing growth. The document provides the basis for an update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan housing element, as well as the development of an action plan to implement housing policies.

• An economic opportunities analysis also looks 20 years ahead and determines if the city has enough land for commercial and industrial job growth. This document will provide an update to the economic element in the comp plan and contribute to the city’s economic development strategy.

• A Main Street plan provides recommendations and guidance to decision makers for implementing code amendments that ensure private development and redevelopment supports the city’s downtown Streetscape investments.

The city hired ECONorthwest as consultants to develop the analyses.

The public hearing will be held through Zoom. Those participating will be provided with a link prior to the meeting. Others can watch the live feed of the meeting on the city’s Facebook page.

Citizens are encouraged to participate in the public hearing and can expect questions to be answered about the reports. Testimony can be given by signing up to speak at the meeting or by submitting written comments.

To sign up to speak at the hearing, contact the city recorder at [email protected] or by calling 541-929-6148 no later than 4 p.m. Monday.

To submit written comments, send via email to [email protected] or drop them off at the drop box in the City Hall parking lot. In either case, the city must receive the comments by noon Monday.

To read each of the reports, go online to ci.philomath.or.us/publichearings or contact the city manager’s office (541-929-6148).

To read the meeting packet, click here.

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