HR Planners Recommend Zone Change To Council

The Hood River City Planning Commission is recommending City Councilors approve a zone change from general commercial to light industrial on a portion of the current Expo Center property to pave the way for Key Development and Turtle Island Foods to build a storage facility there.  At one point during the Planning Commission’s hearing, City Planner Cindy Walbridge and City Manager Steve Wheeler huddled with municipal attorney Dan Kearns on whether the proposal could be approved with a partition of the Port of Hood River parcel for commercial taking place but the plat was not finalized, and  Kearns felt it could.  The majority of planning commissioners decided to go ahead with the change because a turnout would leave the entire property commercial, and allowing the Turtle Island project to go ahead brings more industrial property into the City inventory and allows an existing business to expand.  Commissioner Nate Duvall voted against, wanting the whole parcel to be examined.  The City Council will address the proposal next Monday.

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