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Fields as Good Neighbors

December 30, 2009

Staff has released their proposed code revisions for recreational fields (PDF).

An interesting feature of the proposal is the idea of using Good Neighbor Agreements to manage issues that are far too detailed and changing to fit well under Conditional Use review.

While Good Neighborhood Agreements have been a feature of Liquor License applications for some time, I believe that outside of a singular case around PGE Park, that this is the first time they would be referenced in the zoning code.

At the earlier Planning Commission discussion the opinion was expressed that Good Neighbor Agreements represent an agreement at one moment in time by the particular group of individuals at the table. This proposal seeks to give them a longer life by requiring periodic review and imposing the threat of revocation of use permits if there is no review or agreements are not carried.

I’d be interested in readers’ thinking on whether or not this could be a useful tool…

This proposal will be reviewed at the January 12th Planning Commission meeting (meeting starts at 3pm). While the schools/fields code amendments item leads the agenda, I understand we will be reviewing the schools portion of the package first).

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