Think of Me Hill rezone meeting tonight

The public meeting concerning the proposed rezone of about 74 acres atop Think of Me Hill from residential single-family to residential multi-family starts tonight at 7 on the third floor of Aberdeen City Hall.

The developer, Ed Christiansen, a civil engineer from Portland, will make a presentation at the Planning Commission meeting. Earlier plans to develop the land were derailed in 2008, mainly due to a loss of financing.

Phase one of the current plan involves building an apartment complex as well as homes on 14 single-family lots. This is the second time the project has been attempted, but the first rezone request for multi-family status.

All initial concessions granted to the city on the prior project, such as widening Pioneer Boulevard to accommodate traffic, are still in place, Christiansen and Community Development Director Lisa Scott have said.

Tonight’s meeting came up at the Aberdeen City Council meeting Wednesday night. City Attorney Eric Nelson cautioned city council members not to make up their minds on the proposed rezone yet because they will have to “act as judges” at a future public hearing.

The commission holds a more informal public meeting tonight. The council’s public meeting on rezoning is more formal and any witnesses who appear at the council public hearing are sworn in to testify, Nelson reminded. The council then “judges” the issue and rules on the rezoning request.

Only after the formal testimony can council members lobby among themselves to reach a decision on the rezone, he said.


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