The Albany Planning Division is processing a request for a zone change that would allow more and smaller residential lots on a piece of undeveloped woodland off Franklin Avenue and Airport Road.
I wrote about the wooded site in May, and a bike ride took me past there again this past Sunday. The ribbons on some of the oaks made me wonder about the city’s rules on protecting mature trees.
There’s a section on “tree protection” in the Albany development code. What it boils down to is that trees of a certain size are supposed to be left alone — unless they’re in the way of development, in which case they can be cut down.
Mike Shults, of St. Paul, OR, has applied for a zone change on the 6.5-site, whose address is 840 Airport Road. The request is to change the resdidential zone from R-6.5 to R-5, which would lower the minimum lot size from 6,500 square feet to 5,000 square feet.
The request may go to a hearing before the planning commission in August and then be scheduled for a hearing by the city council in September, but planner Melissa Anderson told me that schedule is still tentative.
The zoning issue is separate from any develoment plans, which have not been filed and will also be subject to city review and approval when they are. But the developer has held a neighborhood meeting, which the city requires before plans are filed.
Whether any part of this little urban woodland is intended to be preserved, the site plan will show. (hh)