Lincoln City: Legal exemptions “Eclipsed,” Re-affirming there’s enough land for affordable housing, and Keeping chicken coops 10′ from property lines
Lincoln City staff suggested a law change Monday night that would “decriminalize” certain behaviors during the Eclipse weekend – an event that will obviously overwhelm the town. Staff offered up some ways to legalize what is otherwise illegal – like allowing lawn camping and vehicle parking on private property along with R/V parking outside R/V parks. Planning Director Richard Townsend says it’s important to get excess vehicles off the streets so ambulances, fire trucks and police cars can get to emergencies ASAP. They can’t if the streets are clogged.
But opposition was strong from some city councilors and from a few citizens who said they didn’t want what would otherwise be illegal become legal, even if it covered just the four day eclipse weekend. If somebody’s parking illegally or conducting an illegal campground they want it stopped. City Councilor Riley Hoagland summed it up by saying “It’s going to be crowded and our town’s very limited resources will be stretched – live with it. We’ll do the best we can.”
In the end, the proposal to enact a legal holiday from parking and camping laws for the four day eclipse weekend, was defeated. Normal everyday city laws covering parking, use of private property, street and sidewalk vendors, will remain in effect over the eclipse weekend from August 18th through the 21st.
Yes Virginia, there is buildable land for the people…
The city council reviewed a rather indepth analysis of economic and housing challenges facing Lincoln City – all very similar to what communities nationwide are facing. City Planning Director Richard Townsend said the consultants’ report was very straight-forward – that there is a housing crisis in Oregon and most certainly in Lincoln City.
The report mirrored statements made public recently by Townsend that Lincoln City has lots of land to build on. He said it’s identifying which vacant lands should be targeted for affordable housing and how best to proceed with tracking down developers who are likewise committed to help America’s rising numbers of rent or mortgage burdened families. He told the council that the next step is determine how much land should be devoted and what kind of homes – either single family, duplexes, four-plexes or multi-family complexes.
Playing “Chicken” with the neighbors…
And finally the city council gave a Lincoln City woman some relief when they modified city codes dealing with chicken coops. A woman complained that a neighbor not only had a thriving chicken coop right up against her family fence, they often took to flight, and landing in her yard.
The woman complained and her neighbors appropriately clipped the wings of their worst offenders. But she was not satisfied. She wanted others who are similarly confronted with any farming activity or violation of good neighborliness to have something that will make chicken ranchers more responsible in mitigating the noise and smell that often accompanies a chicken coop.
And the city council was quite willing to oblige her. They told the city attorney to draw up a new city law and have it presented to the council ASAP. The new law will require chicken coops be set back at least ten feet from a neighbor’s fence or property line.