DUNES CITY — Citizens speaking at Thursday’s Dunes City Planning Commission public hearing were clearly not in favor of Ordinance 223, which proposes changes to Goal 1 of the city’s comprehensive plan. After hearing their remarks, however, the commission unanimously voted to recommend to city council approval of the ordinance.
State law requires each city to adopt a comprehensive plan in keeping with Oregon’s statewide land use goals. Dunes City originally adopted its plan in 1976, and has since amended it, with the current version adopted in 1997.
If approved, the new ordinance would change the process for citizen involvement in land use planning.
Currently, the comprehensive plan calls for a Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI). Attendees of a CCI meeting become voting members for that meeting. The CCI then makes recommendations to the Planning Commission.
Under 223, the Planning Commission would serve as the CCI. In addition, when directed by the council, the commission may appoint citizens to temporary Citizen Advisory Committees. CACs would provide input when the comprehensive plan is under review or as needed for specific land use issues.
Proponents of Ordinance 223 have argued that it will streamline Dune City’s process and follow state guidelines for citizen involvement, which describe CCIs and CACs. For the complete article see the 07-03-2013 issue.
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