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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Keck opposes Deltic

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 8:48 AM

City Director Michael Keck has, by my lights, long been the unofficial mayor of WLR in terms of advocacy of that part of the city's interests in our crazily bifurcated governance scheme. So, I found it interesting that he's taken a side with residents opposing a Deltic Timber rezoning plan, bumped from the City Board agenda last night. A street change, the particular bone of contention, also was put on hold. His note to opponents of the plan on the jump.

Here's yesterday's blog entry, which includes a link to David Koon's story on the dispute.

The application by Deltic to modify the land use plan and to change the zoning on Rahling Road has been amended sense the vote of the LR Planning Commission.  Since this amendment is viewed as a significant difference of what was viewed and voted upon by the LR Planning Commission, at tonight's city board meeting, I will make the motion to formally send it back to the LR Planning Commission for their review.  I fully anticipate the support of my board colleagues to do this.  Furthermore, the amendment to the master street plan will be held until the other issues are viewed and voted upon by the LR Planning Commission.  Based upon this action, you do not need to feel compelled to attend tonight's city board meeting.  In addition, I have requested that Deltic Timber continue to keep the neighborhood informed of their plans.  At my request, an additional meeting with area residents will be scheduled after the Thanksgiving holiday for them to provide a full briefing of their plans.

For those of you with whom I have not spoken, I want to let you know that I expressed my opposition to the original application by Deltic.  In addition, I also expressed my opposition to Deltic regarding their amended application.  I am not certain of all of the additional changes that will be forthcoming with their latest amendment.  However, I will keep you informed as best I can.

Thank you for your interest in this issue.  Feel free to circulate this e-mail to those whom you feel will have an interest.

Warmest regards,

Michael Keck


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