By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Planning commission votes to keep trees

Homeowners had sought authorization to remove trees at will. One family indicated it dislikes the heavy needle drop from Douglas firs and wants to landscape its yard differently.

The staff did not take a stand on the issue, although did note “the regulations concerning tree removal … were put in place prior to the sale of any of the lots,” so “prospective property owners had opportunity to review this provision and assess whether this restriction was acceptable before moving forward with their purchase.”

The commission voted 4-3 to retain the restriction, with Commissioners Jerry Koch, Roger Hall and Martin Chroust-Mason casting the dissenting votes.

Commissioners also approved a conditional use permit, allowing a local provider to move her daycare to a house at 1700 S.W. Alexandria St.

Neighbors objected, citing concerns about traffic. However, the staff noted the house had operated as a daycare in the past and applicant Socorro Shaw had agreed to stagger drop-off and pick-up times.

Commissioners also approved a zone change from multi-family residential to general commercial for a lot next to the Jim Doran dealership downtown. He plans to develop a new showroom and sales lot.

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