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UGB, housing challenges included in new comprehensive plan



Of the Keizertimes

After two meetings of discussion, members of the Keizer Planning Commission approved changes to the city’s comprehensive plan at their Oct. 9 meeting.

The changes will now be forwarded to the Keizer City Council.

City staff incorporated changes from the September meeting into the 97-page packet for this month’s meeting. The changes in wording were significant in places, includes nearly whole parts of several pages being updated.

“The draft in your packet includes all the changes discussed (last month) and a lot of formatting revisions,” said Nate Brown, director of Community Development. “Nothing is new here, but there are two particular policy issues we want to make sure we understood and have discussion about here. They are pivotal issues, so we want to make sure the commission fully understands what they are.”

One issue was the relation of the Keizer Comprehensive Plan to the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan and to the regional Urban Growth Boundary.

“We are struggling with how to say we share a UGB,” Brown said. “Much of the language in our plan is shared in Salem’s plan as well. Keizer has its own comprehensive plan. There is a relationship.”

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