Planners investigate a proposed Powell Butte complex
The proposal for a convenience/post office and office space was tabled in July at the request of the county planning commission and then, at the request of the applicant, was tabled once again
Members of the county planning commission, the new county planning director, Bill Zelenka, and the developers of the planned new complex in Powell Butte met at the site Wednesday to get a close-up view of the proposal. The proposal for a convenience/post office and office space was tabled in July at the request of the county planning commission and then, at the request of the applicant, was tabled once again.
Once again the request for a permit allowing a new shopping complex for Powell Butte was presented to the county planning commission. About a month ago, when the request was first made, the planners put off making a decision until more information could be gathered.
The original proposal was for a retail store/office space/post office complex to be built on the corner of Highway 126 and Alfalfa Road. The site is currently occupied by the post office and a residence. These would be removed replaced by the new structure if the permit is approved.
The original application for the permit was made in May and a public hearing was held the next month. At that time, after hearing from the applicant, Eric Calvin of Bend, the matter was tabled by the commission until this week.
Calvin's plan is for a two-story, 6,000 square-foot building to be constructed on the property. This would house a convenience store, post office and two commercial offices. No gas pumps are proposed, although the applicant did mention pumps in a report submitted.
The proposal is for the convenience store to take up slightly more than 3,400 square-foot. The property is presently zoned Rural Service Center (RSC). County zoning ordinance requires one parking space per 300 sq.ft. of floor area for a convenience stores, plus one space per two employees. Assuming two employees for the post office and two more for each of the offices a total of 23 parking spaces would be required. According to the plan, there will be more than 30 off-street parking spaces plus two handicapped spaces.
One of the issues discussed at some length during the July Planning Commission meeting was the proposed drive-through window for coffee service at the convenience store. That drive-through had not been specifically shown on the original site plan submitted by the applicant.
Landscaping is another issue that was discussed. Calvin proposes to cover 58 percent of the property, which is a 1.32 acre lot, landscaped. The entire landscaping plan would, under the original proposal, be completed within three years.
Nothing was decided by the planners last night, as the applicant had requested that the request be tabled again, this time to the commission)s Sept. 26 meeting.