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Detroit in home stretch with new building code

A reworking of the building code in Detroit is closing in on completion, but hopes that it could be wrapped up this month proved too optimistic.

Plans to hold a public hearing on May 30, have been scrapped, with June 13 established as the new date.

The code work, led by temporary city planner Mcrae Carmichael of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, has been a lengthy process, with key elements being aligning city code with county and state requirements as well as important legwork undertaken by the city’s Planning Commission.

The work began in Feb. 2022, Carmichael said, with “every meeting, Planning Commission and City Council open to the public.”

In addition, Carmichael said, several joint work sessions between the City Council and Planning Commission were held to discuss the entire code and changes being considered.

The city code work takes place under the umbrella of a state-mandated system in which a jurisdiction can be more strict than the state, but the local jurisdiction is not allowed to be less strict than the land rules set in Salem.

And it is conforming with state law, councilor Michelle Tesdal told The Canyon Weekly, that is driving the code’s most contentious provision, one which will allow just one recreational vehicle per lot.

“Any more than one is considered an RV park and those are illegal uses in residential zones,” Tesdal said, citing  state revised statutes. “So, at this current time, the city and the council (are)  knowingly allowing an illegal use.”

Several residents have written to the city in opposition to the RV ordinance, but Tesdal said “the council and the Planning Commission got about 90 percent support in letters received on cutting illegal RV parks out of the residential zone.”

Despite the delays, Mayor Jim Trett said he has been advised that the town is handling its wildfire recovery at a brisk pace.

“FEMA told us we’re coming back faster than a lot of towns,” he said. “It’s actually going pretty fast.”

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