Since housing seems to be on everybody’s mind, it may be worth noting that in 2018 Albany approved plans for 300 apartments, most recently 96 units in the Santiam Neighborhood between Waverly Drive and Davidson Street.
All was sweetness and light at the opening of the first regular meeting of the Albany City Council Wednesday. But it didn’t last as the mayor and councilors argued again about accessory dwelling units and also disagreed on who should appoint city advisory commissions and boards.
It’s been nine months since the Albany City Council voted to establish an exclusion zone in the central part of town from which the city judge can banish repeat offenders for up to a year. So, has anyone been barred?
On Dec. 5 the Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission held a public hearing and approved the installation of a bakery’s exterior vent. Why a hearing and all the bureaucracy that goes with it for such a routine item? That’s a question the city council might want to ponder and then do something about.
The Albany City Council gets another chance this week to pass a code change to allow detached “accessory dwelling units” — essentially small second houses –on all single-family residential lots in line with a state mandate.