By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Council takes up Northeast Gateway

The planning commission held a hearing on the plan in May, then forwarded it to the council with a recommendation for approval with two changes — prohibiting drive-up commercial uses and lowering the height of free-standing signs from 16 to 12 feet.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, in the McMinnville Civic Hall, 200 N.E. Third St., in informal dinner session. It will convene in formal session at 7. Both are open to the public.

The agenda also lists the awarding of a contract for a large rotary mower, to replace a 1993 model. Just two bids came in, and one failed to meet specifications. The remaining bid is from Western Equipment at $55,000.

The Northeast Gateway includes about 75 acres to the northeast of Third Street, lying between the railroad tracks and Lafayette Avenue.

The overlay would “bring consistency between the Northeast Gateway Plan and comprehensive plan,” City Manager Kent Taylor told the city council in a memo. Reconciling the two is procedurally necessary before the city can adopt an urban renewal plan encompassing the area, he said.

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