ALBANY — The Linn County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved a zoning code text amendment that will allow restaurants within the Urban Development I zoning district as long as they obtain a conditional use permit.

Restaurants had not previously been listed as an approved use within the zoning.

The action came after Eats & Treats, a cafe that serves gluten-free meals and desserts, moved into the Eastgate Business Center, about a mile and a half east of Corvallis on Highway 34. The cafe now occupies about 864 square feet but wants to expand into another 1,000 square feet for additional seating.

The cafe is owned by Sandy and Lynda McHenry and employs about three people per shift.

Although they did not testify, 15 people favoring the amendment attended the meeting in support of Eats & Treats. It is being “grandfathered” into the zone, and will not need to apply for a conditional use permit unless it expands to more than 2,000 square feet.

The Eastgate Business Center houses about 20 businesses including computer manufacturing, agricultural products, electronics controls manufacturing, car repair, a print shop, carpet cleaning and more. They are housed in eight buildings. All building spaces are leased, ranging from 200 square feet to more than 11,000 square feet.

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