I just returned from an unusually informative ONA meeting. The weather is dreadful outside so the day is perfect for blogging. Meeting highlights:
- The Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) has requested (and I assume has been/will be granted) a three week extension for providing a decision in the Anchor Inn & Grill (formerly Anchor Tavern) appeal.
- The new house on Portland Avenue which neighbors think may be three inches too tall (hey, I’m paraphrasing here) is going to be measured by the county as-built.
- The highway 131 transportation refinement plan proposed ordinances, AKA “Appendix F” will be reviewed by the ONA Zone and Plan Review Committee. The commitee has been asked to return with comments to the March ONA meeting. The county is targeting April 10 for a community workshop on the 131 plan. (also see my earlier postings from May and Sept 07 for more background)
- No further word on the Green Crow application for the 200 line quarry.
- The Netarts Oceanside Sanitary District (NOSD) had a “Pre-Application” meeting with the county planning office to discuss options and time-lines for rezoning of the land they are in the process of acquiring for the new waste water treatment plant.
- Neighbors on “Spindrift” are applying for a street name change to “Thimbleberry” (the grandma in me wonders: is that a native berry or a Strawberry Shortcake character??)
- Marsha Moody, owner at 1730 Portland Avenue apologized for her contractor not pulling a permit to build a stair case down to Maxwell Mtn Road on her property and wanted neighbors to know she’s working with the county to make it right.
- Draft recommendations for “Dark Sky” lighting ordinances were shared and discussed but no action was taken at the meeting. It’s anticipated that other incorporated communities will join a broader discussion as this may approached as a county-wide ordinance. Documents shared included:
Lisa Phipps commented that serious winter-storm related problems are being reported throughout the county; Cape Meares State Park had a breech impacting their drain fields that support the campgrounds and is working on short and long term plans to remedy; Neskowin has virtually no beach and two houses have become uninhabitable; At the North Jetty on Tillamook Bay, 35 ton boulders are being transported and set in place one at a time.
Richard Powers brought an outstanding suggestion for Conflict Resolution to the meeting from his professional work on the topic (and based on a successful model) which he offered as meeting conduct guidelines. In recent ONA meetings much of the exchange has been less than productive, emotionally charged, with strident posturing and bullying literally driving away members. It’s also discouraged quieter members from contributing. In my view, airing and hearing opposing views is critically important. But conflict, well managed and respectfully processed, is healthy and will alway exist in an open and democratic society. For resolution to occur, cooler heads and more respectful, fact-based dialog has to be encouraged. Many thanks go to Richard. I’ll share his guidelines here soon.
And speaking of facts; Steve Macartney filled in the blanks on the recent procurement by the NOSD of a contract for professional services for Project Management Services. The board unanimously approved a contract at its most recent meeting for a first phase of putting together a comprehensive plan for the district’s construction-related activities. This bodes well for a much-delayed process. More details will be available in the NOSD Board minutes when then they are published. If you can not attend the board meetings, I encourage you to at least read the minutes for yourself, as it turns out four people sitting in the same meeting will hear the board say four different things 😉