Planning commission approves new subdivision

The Planning Commission approved application S-21-02 for a 10-lot subdivision on Jadon Drive at its meeting July 21 following a virtual public hearing.

The 6.4-acre site includes two vacant parcels located east of S. 5th Street and southwest of W. Jadon Drive. It is zoned residential mixed density.

The applicant, Willamette Valley Planning, wishes to erect single family attached and detached residential units off a cul-de-sac. Lot sizes will range between 3,276 to 9,658 square feet.

The property was originally intended to be part of Heather Estates Phase II, but the applicant received approval to rename it Freedom Estates.

The commission received one written comment opposing the application, requesting the units be solely single detached units and requesting street access from 5th Street instead of Jadon Drive. They also cited concerns regarding traffic, possible accidents on the street entrance, and the proposed street name of Freedom Place.

In response to the indicated traffic concerns, David Dodson of Willamette Valley Planning said the location of the cul-de-sac off Jadon Drive is likely the safest from a visibility standpoint.

Regarding the street name, Community Development Director Kelly Hart said street names are chosen by the developer and approved by the countywide 911 street-naming system.

If it’s an eligible and appropriate name, then “the city does not make a judgment as to the name and how it fits within the character of any other streets surrounding it,” Hart said.

Also at the meeting, Chad Munn and Lory Gerig-Knurowski were welcomed as new planning commissioners. There are two alternate vacancies available on the commission.