Oregon City Council last month approved a zoning change from R-5 Condo-Residential to C-5 Navarre Avenue Business District for a vacant parcel at 3851 Navarre Ave.
The Oregon Planning Commission on Feb. 21 had voted 3-0 to recommend that the zoning change be approved to make way for a commercial office building.
Plans call for the unidentified business to create 80-100 well-paying jobs at the 4.77 acre site.
The property is located between Coy and Lallendorf roads, on the north side of Navarre, just east of Wal-Mart and a retention pond. A medical center is located east of the retention pond and the site is directly east of the medical clinic.
The applicant for the zoning change was Bruce M. Kearns of JMS Real Estate for owners Navinshandra Fulabhat and Sharmishta Patel.
Kearns is bound by a confidentiality agreement and has not disclosed the name of the business developing the site.
Roughly one-third of the parcel had been zoned C-5. Kearns had requested that the balance of the parcel, except the rear 150 feet, be changed from R-5 to C-5. The Project Review Committee had suggested that the 150 feet should remain zoned as R-5 condo-residential to act as a buffer between single family residential and commercial areas. The request was consistent with the city’s 2025 land use plan, as well as the zoning on adjacent properties.
Plans call for the construction of a two-story, 25,000-square-foot building at the site. There will be parking in the front of the building, and more in the back. Besides a landscape buffer and the 150-foot setback, a detention pond has been designed at the back of the building. The office building will have hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The purchase agreement was contingent upon getting the zoning changed.
Some residents living near the site at the Feb. 21 planning commission meeting had expressed concerns about drainage issues. Mayor Mike Seferian, who is on the planning commission, said the company would be required to submit a site plan to the Public Service Director that addresses drainage issues. He said further development of the area shouldn’t make drainage any worse and could possibly improve the situation.
In addition, Public Service Director Paul Roman said that drainage in the area naturally heads north and that Wal-Mart’s retention ponds improved drainage by routing water to Navarre Avenue. He also said that additional retention ponds installed with future land development would help further divert water away from the subdivision.
“At the Feb. 21 planning commission meeting,” noted Councilman Jerry Peach, “a couple of residents had wondered about drainage and the permanency of the zoning change. I believe the questions were satisfactorily addressed at the planning commission. With respect to drainage, there’s an expectation that drainage may in fact improve with development of this property. I think this is a very appropriate zoning change.”