Waldport City Councilors, perhaps taking a hint from their fellow councils to the north, have begun addressing the need to have tighter controls on allowing construction near the edge of coastal bluffs and other hillsides prone to occasional erosion. The council acknowledged that the degree of slopes and set-backs for housing and other buildings are probably too liberal, especially as there might be impacts to downhill neighbors and beach-walkers. A formal set of code changes will be included in an ordinance re-write in the near future.
The growing desire for organic foods and getting back to the land emerged at this month’s Waldport City Council meeting. The issue of allowing chickens and ducks for eggs and an occasional entree came up and city planning staff proposed an ordinance to allow them within the Waldport city limits. However, the council indicated they want a limit on the number and variety of birds. If you live on less than a half acre, your limit is six ducks or chickens or combination thereof. If you live on a half-acre or more you’re allowed ten. Chickens and ducks must be strictly contained on the property and be sequestered inside an enclosure at night. Lastly, no noisy roosters or drakes would be allowed. The new ordinance is expected to be back before the city council next month for adoption.
The council also gave a green light to Habitat for Humanity to begin planning for the construction of two sets of double townhouses just west of Ray’s Market. The council approved a re-zoning to allow such a project. Habitat will now proceed with their application to get it approved.
And the council gave the thumbs-up to Lincoln County Counsel Wayne Belmont who asked the council to would allow an issue to appear on the November ballot in Waldport. It asks voters whether they would be willing to see property taxes rise about 11-cents to pay for a county-wide animal services district. The tax increase would pay for animal control, shelter and adoption services to be governed by the Lincoln County Commission. The matter caps many months of frequently contentious debate over whether the Sheriff’s Office should run it, or if a non-profit would be better suited. In the end, the commissioners opted for a county-wide taxing district with its own fund.