Lincoln City’s Planning and Community Development Department has another major project coming up over the horizon. And it could get a little noisy starting with the city’s Planning Commission.
A development firm in Albany is planning to do something with 11 acres of recently clear cut forest land off Logan Road, just where the road bends west toward the beach. It’s been a rather scarred piece of ground since it was logged a couple of years ago. So one might consider a proposed development of single family homes, attached row houses and some apartments as one way to change the currently rather ragged landscape.
But some of the neighbors aren’t too keen on the project that Reece and Associates of Albany are proposing. The neighbors are a little higher up the hill and after the clear cut they finally have a view of the ocean. And they don’t want to lose that view.
However, at a recent neighborhood meeting Reece and Associates representatives unveiled not only a housing development, but one that would line the outside of a very large amount of open space. How much of that open space might preserve some of the neighbors views is unknown because the development work is in the very early stages.
Reece envisions a combination of single and multi-family dwellings that, again, rings a large piece of open space that is pretty much a ravine that traverses the property. So quite a big of open area would certainly be available depending on the view angle.
Lincoln City Planning and Community Development Director Richard Townsend says what has been initially offered by Reece and Associates is 31 single family homes, 13 attached row houses and 32 apartments spread between four buildings. Along with that are trails that meander through the development that possibly could connect with other trails that pass nearby. Again, all this is tentative. No formal plans have been filed, according to Townsend, largely because the property is not yet inside the city limits of Lincoln City. Townsend says annexation into the city will precede any plan approvals much less construction. Townsend predicts a swift annexation process which would open the door to that process, all of which will involve a great deal of public input from the neighbors and other citizens.