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STREET VACATION AND ORDINANCE CHANGE 2-1-12 LMS

A small, undeveloped portion of Church Street will be vacated as per request and an amendment to the city’s Development Code has entered the required three reading approval process.

At its February 1st meeting the Salmon City Council unanimously approved the vacation of a 60 foot wide, 70 foot long section of Church Street located just north of the Church Street intersection with Shanafelt Street. The segment has never been developed as an actual street. The vacation request was made by the Calvary Chapel and the Discovery Care Center.

The council was assured by City Planner Dan Maiyo that all paperwork has been completed and is in order. The City Council’s move to approve the first required reading of vacation Ordinance 12-778 included a waiver of the second and third readings.

The first of three readings on an amendment to Ordinance 12-779 passed the council. Maiyo told the council that the amendment to Chapter Six of the Development Code is to clarify the intent of the specific code requirements regarding roles and responsibilities of the city and the owner or developer of private property, when it comes to approving new or existing public streets.

Maiyo said the City Planning and Zoning Commission has held a public hearing on the ordinance and its Record of Decision recommended some language changes. City Attorney Fred Snook also recommended a few verbiage changes and Maiyo pointed out to the council the changes mentioned. They had to do with issues of access to public streets, street surface width and the designation of decision making authority.

After discussion the council approved that determinations on matters addressed in that section of the city’s Development Code will be made by the City Public Works Superintendent, subject to approval or disapproval of the city. “City” is defined as the City Council.

Even though problems with the way the code under discussion was written were brought forward by an individual private property owner on Gilmore Avenue, Maiyo said the code affects many similar situations city-wide and is not site specific.

He reminded the council that the entire City Development Code is in the process of being updated and everything in it will be under further review.

Council approval of the first reading was unanimous.


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