Six years ago the Albany City Council refused to rezone a single-family residential lot on Waverly Drive to allow construction of up to 35 apartments. Now the owner is giving it another try.
The city’s planning division got a request from R.J. Aldritt, of Bend, to change the plan and zoning designation of his property at 241 Waverly Drive S.E. from single-family residential to medium-density residential or RM.
The property is heavily wooded and measures 1.38 acres. The RM zoning district allows up to 25 units per acre, which in this case translates to a theoretical maximum of 34.5 apartments.
On the county assessor’s website, the property has some outbuildings and a single-story house of 1,152 square feet, but four addresses.
The city has scheduled two hearings on the land-use request, on Oct. 4 before the planning commission and on Oct. 27 before the city council.
In July 2015, the same request generated opposition from neighbors. When it came before the council for the last hearing, 16 neighbors signed up in opposition and 11 of them spoke. Among other things they feared the loss of the wooded property as a buffer between Pacific Boulevard to the south and the residential neighborhood to the north.
The 2015 council voted 4-2 against the change. Two of the opponents are gone, but two, Bessie Johnson and Dick Olsen, are still in office. Councilman Ray Kopczynski voted for the change, and he’s on the council again.
Whether the outcome is different this time, we will find out soon enough. (hh)