Proposed housing development gets a “cool shoulder” from the LC City Council and Lincoln County gets a big green light from Governor Brown!!
The Lincoln City City Council Monday evening went round and round with a developer who wants to build an 80 unit housing development on Logan Road. The developer said he wants to build the complex on just over 11 acres of empty land off Logan Road near the south end. The units would be built with about ten lower priced units included to help with lower cost housing in the area.
The developer said it would be a very attractive development which would eventually become a higher echelon place for folks to own or perhaps to rent.
After the describing the basic layout the city council immediately raised the issue about traffic congestion at the south end of Logan Road. They pointed out how horrendous during the early hours of the Echo Mountain Fire that the blaze was heading straight for the north Lincoln City area. And it was moving fast forcing Logan Road residents to get in their cars and get out of there. But they got all backed up along a very crowded Logan Road and nothing was moving…for three hours because no one could get on Highway 101 and head south to safety.
Back to the housing development issue… Many Logan Road citizens wrote a stack of letters to the city council demanding that the 80 unit housing development not be built because it would only add to the already serious traffic congestion at the south end of Logan Road as it nears its intersection with Highway 101. No escape.
The developer and his engineer tried to describe their housing project as “workable” but the council remained skeptical due to the overwhelming list of reasons why the housing project should not be built – at least not there.
The city council agreed that there needs to be more insight into whether such a large development should be allowed to be built in an already “boxed in” area that’s hard to escape from – whether fleeing from a tsunami or a wildfire. The issue returns again in October for more deliberations. But the owner of the 11 acre parcel seemed to see the writing on the wall and sounded like he might be having second thoughts about it. We’ll see how it turns out during a scheduled city council meeting on October 26th.
The council then learned that Lincoln County has earned its Phase II stripes with Governor Brown who approved the county entering Phase II status in terms of the local economy. Phase II conditions take effect Tuesday, September 29th, to allow more stores to open, including bars, gyms, restaurants and entertainment venues all, of course, still requiring masks and social distancing. But IT IS PROGRESS! The Lincoln County Covid-19 infection rate has been falling despite rising infections in many parts of the country. So, to be sure, nothing is for sure.
The fall season forecast is predicting a resurgence of the Covid-19. On top of that, the regular flu virus will eventually be coming along for the ride. Get your flu shot early. We’re all going to need it. A vaccine for Covid-19 will likely be available mid-winter but strictly for use in hospital environments among nurses and doctors and other medical technicians. Vaccines for the rest of us may not be ready for distribution until late Spring/early Summer. So we’ve still got a long way to go.
Remember to wash your hands every chance you get, always wear your face mask and when you’re out and about keep a distance of AT LEAST six feet between you and anyone else.