Subdivision OK’d – Council overrules earlier denial of Eureka Avenue project

November 2021 Posted in Community, News, Other

A look at the property on Eureka Avenue in Silverton that a developer wants to subdivide into 22 lots. Absent appeals to the state, the project will go forward.

By James Day

A planned 22-lot subdivision near the Oregon Garden is closer to reality after the Silverton City Council voted 6-1 to approve the plan.

The council action on Oct. 4 overturned a decision to reject the plan on July 13 from the city’s Planning Commission. The council heard the developer’s appeal at its Sept. 13 meeting, then held a public hearing, deliberated and voted on Oct. 4.

The final order in the case was signed Oct. 19, which started a 21-day clock for possible appeals to the state Land Use Board of Appeals.

The developer, Charles Weathers of Orreo LLC in Salem, wants to divide the 5.15-acre parcel in the 600 block of Eureka Avenue into 22 lots, ranging in size from 6,345 square feet to 18,949 square feet.

The Planning Commission rejected the plan because of its lack of a tree inventory, its possible impact on transportation safety on Eureka, the fact that it contains lots smaller than the 7,000-square-foot standard
and a lack of information on housing types that
will be used.

The final order the councilors approved attached 38 conditions to the project, including 14 that relate to road and sidewalk infrastructure and four that concern trees. Among the tree requirements was one that seeks to preserve trees that would be in the rear and side yard setbacks of the individual lots.

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