Waldport looks south to ensure smart planning, produces jobs and an attractive southern entrance to the downtown
The Waldport City Council Thursday decided that they want a truly pleasant gateway from the south to the main area of Waldport. And to ensure that happens, the council changed some zoning as well as applied a modification to a “plan overlay” to an area immediately south of the downtown, stretching almost to Patterson State Park. The council approved a change that would determine the future use of land immediately north of the Forest Service facility. Originally zoned commercial, the land use change will make it mainly residential with an emphasis on multi-family condo-type development. When developed, it is expected to have some of the finest views in the area.
Farther south, there will be an emphasis on creating development that lines Highway 101 without large parking lots in front of what could turn out to be large retailers. They want storefronts on 101 with parking in the front, sides and perhaps to the rear. No strip mall or shopping center-type developments will be allowed. And the council approved the idea that something must be done to reduce the number of driveways that empty out onto Highway 101. They produce too many traffic conflicts. The plan will require, in the future, that there will be frontage roads that gather traffic and then channel it to specific 101 access points so that motorists on 101 aren’t confronted with cross traffic coming from all different directions.
The Yaquina John Point Transportation Plan modification is expected to be formally adopted during the next Waldport City Council meeting in August. Councilors say it will take a number of years to implement with many opportunities for public comment.
In other council action, the council approved rate hikes for Dahl Disposal Service: $1.45 a month more for residential service and a 2.5% increase for commercial service. Those increases are an average, across the board. Dahl officials told the council that it’s been four years since the last increase and that their costs have risen since then. They said they are doing everything they can to work smarter and more efficiently, especially with route re-alignments where possible. The increases have been approved by the Lincoln County Commission for county residents within the Dahl Service area, along with the Toledo City Council.