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Page 8 Free Press I i Thursday, March 26, 2015 By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Airway Heights Planning Commission dropped one member at its March 11 meeting. Development Services Director Derick Braaten announced that Rita Osborne officially resigned from her position as commission chair due to personal reasons. Osborne had recently started her second term on the Planning Commission prior to her resignation. She previously served as vice chair and was promoted to chair in 2012. "She's really put in a lot of time here over the years," Braaten said. "When someone asks'why we go through commissioners?' I generally tell them that it's not so much the commission, but it's life. Life gets involved." Current vice chair Larry Bowman is expected to be promoted to chair. The commission will vote to fill Bowman's position at its next meeting. Braaten said he would reach out to residents who previously "When someone asks 'why we go through commissioners?' I generally tell them that it's not so much the commission, but it's life. Life gets involved." Airway Heights Development Services Director Derick Braaten filled out applications to see if they are still interested in joining the commission. In action items, the commission voted 3-0 to ap- prove two resolutions, the first being their recom- mended priorities to the city. Recommendations include the Highway 2 Revitalization and Safety Concept Plan, updating zoning and land-use codes, focusing on quality of life, reviewing the animal ordinance and implementing a signage program to help residents find locations around the city. The second resolution amends the city's municipal code section 2.20.050 "Planning Commission's Duties and Responsibilities." Osborne and Commissioner Mat- thew Pederson were absent from the meeting. The commission received an update on the High- way 2 Safety and Revitalization Concept Plan. Braaten said the city received a lot of feedback from . businesses and residents regarding what they would like to see on the concept plan. "We will continue to reach out to the public," Braaten said. "We've never really had this much feedback before, but we also haven't put this much effort into public outreach in the past." The commission will have a public workshop April 8 to discuss the concept plan and a special April 22 workshop with the Parks Advisory Board. They are expected to make a recommendation to the City Coun- cil on the Highway 2 concept plan in May. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Medical housing development queued north of SR By AL STOVER are approved through the Jeff Amistoso, owner was a lawsuit in 2008 Staff Reporter administration and not of D and J Elk Ridge between the city and An area north of State required to be brought Heights LLC is devel- A and K Development Route 902 in Medical to the Planning Commie- oping the property. Heover zoning issues. The Lake will continue to sion, as opposed to pre- has previously devel- lawsuit was dismissed have some growth in liminary plats for large oped in Medical Lake to preserve the working housing developmentsin developments, as a part of A and K relationship between the upcoming months. "The development isDevelopment, begin- the city and the devel- Back in February, city four lots that are zoned ning in 1994 and has opment company. staff approved ashortplat residential for duplex- helped oversee the con- Amistoso plans to de- - or subdivision - for es or two single-fam-struction of 454 hous-velop the area, then sell housing developments ily units," Ross said. He ing units in the areasthe lots to builders, who along Stanley Street and added that the conditions of Fox Hollow and Fox will decide what type of Kathy Lee Avenue. City of the agreement include Ridge. He also helped housing will go on the Administrator DougRoss the delegation of the wet- develop the area around property. explained that short plats lands in the buffer zone. Rockwood Clinic. There "The builders can Museum needs phone books The Cheney Historical one else in the community Museum is seeking dona- hasacompleteset.,so check tions of Cheney phone those old storage spots and books from 1970 to 2000. bring those old phone books The local phone book has to the museum. a wealth of historical infor- Call, text, or email marion. Joan at 509-235-9015 or The museum has large director@cheneymuseum gaps inits collection, and no .org. choose what goes into the plexes," Amistoso said. development but it will A| Stover can be reached more than likely be du- at al@cheneyfreepress.com. 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