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The Philomath City Council will meet this Monday and Tuesday at City Hall with agendas that include four public hearings.

During Monday’s meeting, separate public hearings will be held on proposed zoning code and annexation code amendments. The municipal code update involves changing standards primarily related to commercial and residential parking, manufactured home development, temporary storage, housing in the downtown commercial district, validity of approved plans and pre-existing approvals and new code addressing the protection of Philomath’s existing tree canopy.

The other hearing involves a section on annexation development code with a focus on addressing new requirements that helps the city determine in greater detail its limitations on new property proposed to come into the city. Both sections moved out of the Planning Commission level on unanimous votes.

The council is expected to make a decision following the public hearings and discussion.

At Tuesday’s meeting, two more public hearings will be held with both involving the proposed Scott Lepman Development. The Planning Commission at an Aug. 26 meeting denied on a 3-2 vote a master plan overlay for the proposed development, which includes a 175-space recreational vehicle park, industrial flex space and storage facilities.

The commission based its findings for denial on the development not meeting goals as outlined in the city’s comprehensive plan — specifically for not providing sufficient jobs as part of an industrial-zoned project and because the large scope of the RV park creates questions about what could be interpreted as substandard housing.

Lepman is appealing the decision to the City Council.

Another appeal connected to the Planning Commission’s votes on the Lepman development involves the approval of a conditional use to allow for observation decks and an interior trail to encroach into the Newton Creek Riparian Corridor and for a 0.3% variance to the maximum allowed lot coverage.

Citizens Sandy Heath, Jeff Lamb, Catherine Biscoe and Lawrence Johnson filed the appeal involving those decisions.

The council will discuss and possibly make a decision following both hearings.

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Back to Monday night’s meeting, there are various other items on the agenda besides the public hearings:

• The council will confirm the appointment of Ruth Causey to fill the seat formerly held by Terry Weiss. Causey had been appointed in August on a 3-2 vote.

• The Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians will be recognized as part of Indigenous People’s Day.

• The council will hear from Becki Goslow about a proposal to recognize veterans with street banners.

• The council will recognize outgoing councilor Marion Dark for her service. The council will later review its process for filling her seat.

• The council will review an Oregon Liquor Control Commission winery application.

• The council will look at the formation of a comprehensive plan advisory group.

• Other routine business is on the agenda, such as staff reports and information and correspondence.

Prior to the meeting, councilors will meet at 5:30 p.m. for an Urban Renewal Agency work session to discuss the latest involving the Philomath Streetscapes Improvement Project.

After the meeting, the council will go into executive session for discussions on real property transactions and labor negotiator consultations.

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