INDEPENDENCE -- The Independence planning commission has approved a request to subdivide an 18.5-acre parcel of land off Gun Club Road.
The property, owned by Don and Delores Martino of Independence, sits west of Picture and Williams streets. The Martinos plan to convert the land into 25 lots for development, with one set aside for a housing complex of up to 106 units.
The entire property is zoned medium-density residential.
The commission voted 3-1 in favor of the tentative subdivision. Andy Scott was the dissenting voter.
The applicants will have up to a year to submit a traffic analyses, layout and engineering plans, and a dozens other conditions recommended by planning staff before the request is formally approved.
Twenty-four of the lots, ranging in size from 5,900 to 11,369 square feet, are spread out over nine acres and will be used for single-family homes.
The proposed subdivision includes two access streets and an extension of Marigold Drive, running east to west between Sixteenth Street and Gun Club.
Pending completion of all the requirements, work on the single family home phase could begin in late fall or early spring, said Jeremy Grenz of Multi/Tech Engineering, a Salem-based firm managing the project.
An application for site design review of the multi-housing complex will be submitted next spring, Grenz said.
While the commission approved the subdivision request, members aired concerns about any development in a floodway.
Grenz said about 3.5 acres of wetland, much of it in the southwest corner of the property, will remain open space.
The developers must also receive a removal/fill permit from the Oregon Division of State Lands before working in any jurisdictional wetlands and install a system to treat stormwater runoff before it flows into Ash Creek.
Others also voiced concern about adding to traffic problems on Gun Club Road. Scott said the combined effect of the project and a farmworker housing complex being constructed to the south could be severe.
"It takes 20 minutes to get to Hoffman Road from Marigold Drive at 7:30 (a.m.)," said Commissioner Bill Nicassio.
"I have questions about the traffic ... I live that every day."
Grenz plans to submit a traffic analysis to the city by mid-June.