The Lincoln City City Council approved a contract to replace about two-third of the retaining wall at SE 48 and 51st. The wall was built many years ago and the hillside has moved and so the city wants to re-fortify the hillside while protecting a city water main behind it. Sticker price on the project is just over $300,000.
The city council unveiled plans to allow tiny houses in cluster to help provide small but decent housing for local workers – tiny houses either for sale or rental.
The zoning will allow 4 tiny houses on a 5,000 square foot lot with room for four parking spaces. There will be special zoning for the tiny homes in select areas of town. Again, these homes can be either purchased or serve as rentals.
The council also considered zoning for what’s called Work Force Housing, mainly blue collar families and up who might enjoy living in a large building that looks like a mansion but which is really a “house-looking” four-plex – two units downstairs, two upstairs. These can be easily incorporated in more traditional single family zoned areas. Variations of the theme are endless with single entrances around the perimeter of the building, or exterior stairwells reaching three stories – some with attic apartments.
In all of the above, there will be strict zoning limitations on where these new housing units will be appropriately placed. Lincoln City has been pushing-the-envelope on bringing down the cost of housing for an area whose housing is very expensive – especially for its tourist and retail related workers.
And finally, the Lincoln City Police Department has decided it’s time to acquire a police dog, or K-9 unit. Police say the police dog is an expensive addition to law enforement but worth every penny in aggressive defense of officers and in the “take-down” of violent suspects. Also, of course, they have a great sense of smell which comes in handy in tracking down illegal drugs. Lincoln City Police has put out a call to the Lincoln City community to help them fundraise for their fully trained K-9 acquisition which includes police officer training as well. Sticker price: $75,000. Lincoln City Police is seeking donations from the community to help defray those costs.
Those who would like to donate can do so by going to the police department’s special website: www.LincolnCityK9.com