Rules governing what can be built and how close to the edges of ocean cliff faces can something be built continued to get a good mulling over, during Monday night’s Lincoln City City Council meeting. Councilors agreed that restrictions like set-backs need to be 60 times the annual erosion rate of a particular lot, plus another five feet. There are exceptions in very special cases where cliff or bluff reinforcements are already in place. There will be a geotechnical analysis done at the owner’s expense, including updates over the years if additional construction is requested by the owner.
The council, however, doesn’t want to require that a geologic hazard analysis be recorded at the county courthouse for each property. However, they do want a written statement on any geologic analysis to be part of the property’s file with the city.
The council told staff to return with a more refined geologic hazard ordinance that would ensure that all geologic studies are the financial responsibility of the land owner, that the city use more up to date maps on geologic hazardous zones along the city’s coastline, and that there be allowed some exemptions to the new ordinance like allowing acceptable tree removals, and small outbuildings that don’t require a city building permit.
City councilors figure it’ll be early next year before the regulations are finished and put on the books.