Council approves 2010 park, planning work plans

April 2, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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The City Council approved the Parks Commission’s and Planning Commission’s 2010 work plans with a unanimous vote at its regular meeting March 2.Thus far, the Parks Commission has discussed the future of the Lake Boren Park playground equipment as well as the outlook for community events for this year.

As part of the trails exploration in the second quarter, the Parks Commission will explore constructing more trails in the city, including a trail from Coal Creek Parkway to the Boren Creek Bridge, and one from the Boren Creek Bridge to the end of the May Creek Trail near Southeast 89th Place.

The commission will also explore making additions to the East Cross Town Trail, as volunteers have expressed interest in construction, said Michael Holly, parks program manager.

As part of exploring public art policy in the third quarter, the Parks Commission will discuss issues such as how public art should be chosen and funded.

In the fourth quarter evaluation, the commission will discuss the future of the city’s parks and develop a plan for how to reach its goals, Holly said. In that phase, city officials will need to consider being compliant with requirements for future grants.

In the first quarter, the Planning Commission has discussed changes to the city’s code regarding affordable housing requirements, and allowing residents to construct sheds or other structures behind their homes near property lines, as such structures are prohibited by the city.

Those first-quarter issues have not yet come before the City Council.

As part of the exploration of allowing impervious surfaces, the Planning Commission will discuss increasing the amount of impervious surfaces allowed in areas such as Lake Boren Park and May Creek Park.

It will also explore allowing 100 percent use of impervious surfaces in mixed-use and mixed-use industrial zones, which include property to the north of Lake Boren, property on the east side of 132nd Place Southeast and property just east of the Coal Creek YMCA.

In the third quarter, the Planning Commission will examine the developer stimulus ordinance approved in February by the City Council. Developers have through the end of the year to take advantage of permit extensions and fee deferrals offered through the ordinance, and the Planning Commission will discuss increasing the ordinance’s timeframe.

Finally, the commission will clean up its code at the end of the year.

Planning Commission work plans

First quarter

  • Clarify affordable-housing requirements in city code
  • Explore the allowance of structures in a building’s rear setback (i.e. storage sheds)

Second quarter

  • Explore allowing impervious surfaces in limited open space zones and allowing 100 percent impervious surfaces in mixed-use development zones

Third quarter

  • Make minor code corrections
  • Review adopted developer stimulus packages coming to an end

Fourth quarter

  • Annual code cleanup

Park Commission work plans

First quarter

  • Lake Boren Park playground equipment
  • Community events

Second quarter

  • Trail construction

Third quarter

  • Public art policy

Fourth quarter

  • Evaluation of parks, recreation and open space plan
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