Council Continues Hearing on Landscape Ordinance

Release Date: 
08/25/2015

The Hermiston City Council unanimously agreed to extend the public hearing on a proposed landcape ordinance to their September 14th meeting.

The Council listened to public testimony on August 24th, and directed staff to make revisions to the proposed ordinance based on the testimony.  The most current version of the proposed ordinance will be available in the City Council Agendas section of the City website when the changes have been made.

The draft ordinance, if ultimately approved by the City Council, would require 15% of the developed area on a multi-family residential property to be landscaped, as well as 3% in the C-1 Commercial Zone, 6% in the C-2 Commercial Zone, and in the Industrial Zones the requirement would be 3% or 10,000 square feet; whichever is less.

The City Council directed the Community Enhancement Committee last Summer to look in to, and develop, a proposal for a landscaping ordinance.  The CEC’s recommendations were heard by the City’s Planning Commission in March, and a public Open House in May.  The recommendations and feedback were presented to the City Council on June 22, where they sheduled a public hearing on the ordinance in front of the Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing on August 12th, and the City Council held its first public hearing on August 24th.

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