Monmouth OKs Marr zoning

MONMOUTH — A zone change for a 5.5-acre strip of land at the south end of the Marr Bark Dust property was approved by the Monmouth City Council Jan. 2.

James and Penny Marr had applied for a change from low density residential to industrial to allow use of the land in connection with their bark and wood facility.

Approval was on condition that the land, which is outside the city limits but within the urban growth boundary, be annexed to the city.

City staff had recommended approval, and the Monmouth Planning Commission had recommended approval on condition of annexation.

Councilor Laurel Sharmer asked why the application was for industrial rather than light industrial zoning. City Attorney Lane Shetterly said the Marrs were committed to eventually seeking light industrial zoning.

Suzanne Dufner, community development director for the city, said that the application seemed consistent with the comprehensive plan, and that it would be appropriate for surrounding land use because it has access to Highway 99W.

In other business, the council approved reduction of the speed limit on Church Street West between Monmouth Avenue North and Stadium Drive North, and on Stadium between Monmouth and Church, from 25 mph to 20 mph.

The council voted 3-2 to establish a health care reimbursement account for non-represented city employees to ensure that new medical plans through the state system are close to equivalent in value with previous benefits.

Sharmer, who cast one of the negative votes, said there were “too many unknowns” in the plan.

Councilor Royal Johnson agreed.

Mayor Steve Milligan appointed Bob Edgar to the Historic Commission.

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