Oregon council approves zoning change requests

Kelly J. Kaczala

        Oregon City Council recently approved zoning change requests following three public hearings.
        Council approved an application for a Special Use in a C-1 Commercial Industrial Zoned District for the purpose of erecting a telecommunications tower at 4001 Cedar Point Road. The applicant/owner is BP Husky Refining, LLC. 
        “It’s going to be used for the communications and security at BP Husky Refining,” said James Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning. “The reason they can’t co-locate is because it has to be inside their property lines and close to their refinery.”
        Councilman Steve Hornyak asked if the city knew the type of tower planned at the site.
        “The last time we approved one of these, we had pressed for the monopole style. Is that going to be our consistent request as we see these moving forward?” asked Hornyak.
        Mayor Mike Seferian, who also has a seat on the Oregon Planning Commission, said a monopole is the standard used by the planning commission.
        “We try to adhere to the monopole, or something compatible to that, when they are out in the public,” said Seferian.
Juliana pig
        Council also approved a Special Use in a Medium Density Zoned District for the purpose of housing a Juliana pig at 125 S. Coy Road. The matter was before council once before, but was sent back to the planning commission for full approval before council could act, according to Council President Dennis Walendzak.
        Gilmore gave an overview of the zoning change request.
        The owners had offered to install a privacy fence to help appease the neighbors who were dissatisfied that the pig, named Newton, was living at that location.
        “They were asked to put up a fence, which they did,” said Gilmore.  “We had no complaints in the meantime about the pig.”
        Nicole Kesling, who lives at the 125 S. Coy Road address, said there have been no complaints about the pig.
        “Nobody has said anything that we’re aware of,” she said.
        “During the summer, I stopped by to take a look at it,” said Walendzak. “I didn’t smell any odor. It was well maintained.”
        Council also approved a Special Use in an R-1 Low Density Residential Zoned District for the purpose of housing one miniature horse at 5828 Seaman Road.
        Gilmore said the request went before the planning commission, which recommended approval.
        “There was no opposition from the neighbors,” he said
        Randy Peters, who lives on S. Stadium Road, located behind the site, expressed concerns at the public hearing.
        “I have five acres behind him,” he said.
        He asked about fencing on the property.
        “Is this a friendly pony? I have alfalfa out there. Is he going to get into that?” asked Peters.
        Gilmore said approval by the planning commission had conditions, including the installment of a fence.
        Applicant/owner Timothy Anderson said he planned to build a 16’ by 20’ shed. The fencing will be 12’ by 20’, he added.
        “It will be inside the property lines,” he said.
        He said he had talked to Peters regarding the waste from the horse.
        “I told him I plan on hauling it away,” he said.
        “That was my biggest concern,” said Peters. “I wanted to know where your fence is going. How friendly is this horse? Is he going to be in my alfalfa?"
        Anderson said the horse would not cause any problems to Peters’ property.
        “He’s going to be within the fence,” said Anderson. He also said the miniature horse would be in his house.
        “You’re going to put him in the house? asked Peters. “Okay then,” he said.
        Councilman Tim Zale asked about the size of miniature horses.
        “They get to about 31 inches,” said Anderson. “So they look like a bigger dog.”


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