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Ord. 508 passes quietly

by Nathan Arneal
Published 9/28/11

Click here to see the zoning changes Ord. 508 would make.

After sparking much debate and discussion the previous two city council meetings, Ordinance 508 passed without a whimper at the Sept. 20 council meeting.

The ordinance makes several changes to North Bend’s zoning code book, the most controversial of which will allow side yard fences to be built right up to the property line. Before, fences had to be set back 25 feet from the property line. The city’s planning commission recommended not changing the setbacks.

After mayor Jeff Kluthe gave the third and final reading of the ordinance, there was very little discussion.

Councilman Tom Mullally said he didn’t agree with the requirement that garage driveways be paved with cement or asphalt, but he was otherwise OK with the proposed changes.

Kluthe called for a vote and the ordinance was approved 3-1, with Kevin Ferguson, Tim Blackmon and Mullally voting in favor and Emily Kirschenmann voting against.
Then the council reviewed a request by North Bend Elementary School Caryn Ziettlow to make part of 11th Street one way in front of NBE.

The general sentiment coming out of the council’s discussion was against the idea of making the street one way. The idea of placing a couple of speed bumps in the area met with more favor.

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