Council seeks grant for plan update

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council on Monday night agreed to allow Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments to apply for a grant to assist the city in updating its comprehensive plan.



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Dallas City Council

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council on Monday night agreed to allow Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments to apply for a grant to assist the city in updating its comprehensive plan.

The funding would be through an Oregon Department of Land Conservation grant program.

The technical assistance grant would cover about $40,000 to $60,000 worth of work. Having the Council of Governments apply saves the city time in preparing the application.

"It keeps our administrative costs down," said Jason Locke, the city's community development director.

If the grant is approved, it would pay for updated population projections, matching the comprehensive plan to the city's development code, development of an economic opportunities analysis and an accounting of the buildable land in the city.

The Council of Governments would secure the funding as well as do the research for the update, Locke said.

City manager Jerry Wyatt said an update is due, as the current plan is more than a decade old.

In other business, the council:

* Approved an ordinance annexing about 49 acres of land located south of the city limits and east of Kings Valley Highway. The area will officially be within the city limits 31 days after final approval. The council passed the resolution with eight votes and Councilor Jackie Lawson abstaining. She later said she had been on a mission trip for two and half weeks and didn't feel she had enough information to cast a vote.

* Approved a resolution endorsing the Dallas School District's proposed $8.6 million maintenance bond. Lawson again abstained, saying she didn't have enough information to vote on the resolution.

* Approved a request brought before the council by Chelsea Pope, the executive director of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, to hold Summerfest 2010 July 29-Aug. 1.



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