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2/13/2013 2:25:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Submitted by Mark Botello
The Cashmere Planning Commission has decided to move forward with three zoning changes. The commissioners expressed their concern with making sure there are enough single-family and multi-family zones in Cashmere before they start approving more changes. Above is the current zoning within city limits.
Planning Commission approves rezoning applications
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer



Late in 2012, Cashmere Planning Commissioner Ann Chipman had a few concerns when the planning commission was discussing rezoning Ray Schmitten's property on River Street from multi-family to warehouse industrial. Chipman expressed similar concerns when the planning commission was discussing three more proposals to change zones on Feb. 4, 2013.

Last year, Chipman said she was concerned with rezoning because she didn't want to keep erasing multi-family and single family zones in the city of Cashmere limits.

"My only question on all of these [proposals] is we have already had the discussion on how much single family, how much multi-family, how much warehouse and that kind of thing and as it relates to the next two requests, That's my question. How are we doing on the yellows (single-family) the blues (mixed commercial) the pinks (multi-family) and they grays (warehouse industrial)?" Chipman said.

At the last planning commission meeting, Cashmere Director of Planning Mark Botello told the commissioners there are three proposals submitted to change the zoning designation on the Cashmere Zoning Map.

Rodney Haverfield, Cashmere, submitted a proposal to change his property on Chapel Street from a single-family zone to a mixed commercial/light industrial zone. Botello said he is unsure of why Haverfield wants to change the zone. He said eight to nine years ago there was a house on the piece of property but because there isn't a house anymore, it makes more sense to have it be mixed commercial. The piece of property is adjacent to warehouse industrial and sits behind Crunch Pak.

Planning Commissioner Dick Ryan asked Botello if there was any reason to not allow the zoning change and Botello said no. Chipman then expressed her concern about the percentage of single-family zones within in city limits.

"I haven't done a land use analysis but I am going to work on that later in the year," Botello said. "However, I didn't want to delay these projects for these property owners and wait until that was done."

The Chelan County Historical Society is also proposing a zoning change from single-family to mixed commercial/light industrial at 600 Cotlets Way. This is located next to the Cashmere Museum building, where the pavilion is located. Botello said the Chelan County Historical Society wants to rezone that part of the property so they can open the door for commercial activities or commercial vending.

Mount Cashmere Properties LLC (Crunch Pak) is proposing a rezoning on Sunset Avenue from multi-family to warehouse industrial. John Torrence, planning commission chair, said he is concerned with not having an adequate amount of multi-family zoning. He said the city needs multi-family zones and he is worried about removing to many of those zones.

"We do," Botello agreed. "When we look at our comprehensive plan, and start looking at all the uses and urban growth amendment, we can assess how many multi-family zones we have. But these are projects requested by the property owners and I don't want to delay their projects."

Ryan asked Botello if the community is supposed to set a target for percentages of each type of zone. Botello said there is no exact number in terms of what each city needs, but it's important to look at the population, who is in that population, and work it out from there.

"I do know that we have a shortage of multi-family, commercial industrial, and single family. That is always going to be there and we need to figure out the balance," Botello said. "The good thing is we know our city and the direction it's going. For a good healthy city, you need a mixture of everything."

Botello said the next step to move forward with accepting the three proposals is for the planning commission to hold a public hearing. Botello said he has to notify property owners within 350 feet of the possible zoning change, of the meeting. After the public hearing with the planning commission, another public hearing will happen at the following city council meeting.

All members of the planning commission agreed to move forward with the proposals. The public hearing will be held at the next Cashmere Planning Commission meeting on March 4.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.





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