HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

No controversy: Two developments get city’s OK

Written November 9th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

In what was pretty much a formality, the Albany Planning Commission has approved a 22-unit apartment complex on Southeast Salem Avenue and a 23-lot subdivision on Northwest Gibson Hill Road.


Council nixes ex-mayor for planning commission

Written October 27th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

In a rare insult to a nominee who served Albany in public office for 24 years, the city council Wednesday rejected the nomination of former Mayor Sharon Konopa to a vacancy on the city planning commission.


The drive for more housing: Two decisions

Written October 6th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The march for more housing continues in Albany as the planning commission has just approved a proposal for 113 lots on former farmland at the south end of town. It also recommended a zone change to allow apartments on a residential lot on Waverly Drive.


On Third Avenue, 8 townhouses get city’s OK

Written September 15th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Commission has given its approval to a project by the Scott Lepman Company to build eight three-story townhomes in the 200 block of S.E. Third Avenue. A big old walnut tree in the corner of the site will have to come down, the commission agreed.


Big tree at issue: Taking a closer look

Written August 7th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Wanting to save a big old walnut tree was the main reason the Albany Planning Commission turned down a site plan for eight townhouses on July 19. On Aug. 2 the commission rescinded that decision and scheduled a new hearing for Sept. 13, but the tree issue is still there.


One walnut tree versus eight townhouses

Written July 30th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

On July 19, three members of the Albany Planning Commission objected to construction of eight single-family townhouses on Third Avenue downtown because it would take down a walnut tree in the corner of the site. On Monday the commission will get a chance to undo that action because, as it turns out, the city development […]


Land-use hearing on a Sixth Ave. apartments

Written June 25th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Commission will do something unusual Monday — considering permitting an apartment house that has been an apartment house for a long time.


 
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