An unusually crowded public gallery at the Jan. 28 regular town council meeting emptied quickly when a public hearing was recessed at the request of a zoning amendment applicant.
Jeffrey, Marcie and Jake Taylor, owners of a property at 418 Ninth Ave. S. that now has a duplex, have applied to rezone the property from R-1 (single family residential) to R-5 (multi-family residential). Approval of the application would allow for expansion of the existing building to create a fourplex.
Of the 40 neighbours who received notices about the proposal, nine expressed concerns about the development and others attended a meeting with the applicants to voice their opinions.
Concerns expressed by nearby residents, said Coun. Wesly Graham, who conducted the public hearing, included parking (the proposal includes six on-site parking spots), increased traffic, lowering of property values and obtrusive security lighting at the back of the existing building.
“The applicant has requested that this public hearing be recessed until the Feb. 11 council meeting,” advised Ross Beddoes
He explained that it was the Taylors’ desire to meet with neighbours in an attempt to address their concerns before proceeding with the rezoning application.
By unanimous vote (Coun. Tanya Wall was absent), the public hearing was recessed.
•Marc Archambault made a presentation about the Creston Music and Media Society, explaining the purpose and goals of the organization.
•A Town of Creston travel bag will be donated to the Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club for its upcoming annual fundraiser.
•Mayor Ron Toyota was appointed as the town’s representative on the Creston and District Community Directed Funds committee, which will be charged with distributing Columbia Basin Trust funds for large community projects.