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River Quarter plan is getting reworked

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Planning Commission is working on the city’s River Quarter plan. At the direction of the Pendleton City Council, the commission met last night to discuss possible changes to the standards for development set by the plan that was designed to develop the area of the city adjacent to the Umatilla River.

City Manager Robb Corbett says developments are balking at the standards that were set when the area was established in 2010 and he understands why. The standards require business establishments on the ground floor and residences on the upper floor of the buildings.

“There’s not a high enough return on investment for developers to build to that standard, which explains why nobody has,” he said.

The city recognized the need to explore changes to those standards quite some time ago. The discussion was just beginning to be explored when a more pressing issue came before the planning commission.

“In the midst of this, we had the marijuana issue come up and that consumed copious amounts of hours of staff time and also the planning commission,” he said. “Now, it feels like we’re making some progress.”

The commission will make recommendations that will then undergo public hearings, discussion, and a vote by the Pendleton City Council.

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