Rather than tossing the city’s building height regulations out the window, the Lincoln City City Council decided to back up and return to doing things in a simpler manner. In this case, if a building is located in a flood plain, the owner must eliminate some or all of his first floor uses to ensure that any eventual flood doesn’t cause more damage than necessary. The less materials on the first floor, the less there will be soaked and ruined.
But by using the first floor as a flood buffer, it leaves the hotel, like the Sandcastle on Anchor Way, with a lot fewer rooms to rent. City Councilor Gary Ellingson, speaking as a private citizen from the audience Monday night, said that in order for his Sandcastle Hotel to make money, they need at least four floors of hotel rooms. However, in this case, that would put his building at over 40 feet…well above the city’s maximum building height of 35 feet.
The city council deliberated building heights at length, finally deciding to leave it at 35′. However if Mr. Ellingson wishes to add another horizontal line of rooms to his hotels, he said the request will have to be made for a variance which Mayor Dick Anderson said that he favors. The matter will return to the city council next month for final and formal adoption.