May 30, 2007

May 30, 2007

  • Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse received the green light from Redmond's Planning Commission last week -- but only just. In a 4-2 vote, the commission approved the chain's plan to build a Lowe's south of Fred Meyer, in the former county fairgrounds location. Commissioners who objected had qualms about traffic and the fact that the parcel received a variance from residential to commercial zoning based on a former land use plan that included multi-use retail and some housing. Opponents have until June 2 to file an appeal.
  • The city of Redmond and consultants have drafted a master plan for Redmond's parks, looking forward for the next 20 years. Included in the draft are more Dry Canyon land acquisitions, a neighborhood park within a half-mile of all residents, and a trails system that could one day loop around the entire city. Part of the plan involves increasing parks SDC fees, which city officials describe as on the low side.
  • School officials are looking for public input on its proposal to change school schedules slightly to accommodate more teacher training. Meetings will be held at Vern Patrick Elementary May 31 at 6 p.m. and at Elton Gregory Middle School June 5, also at 6 p.m.

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