By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Keizer Planning Commission members looked over figures April 24 that had been discussed and tweaked over the course of several months.
Then they were told the numbers weren’t quite right.
Two weeks before the meeting, members of the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)/Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) task force approved a report looking at projected economic and population growth in Keizer over the next 20 years. That approval came after a series of comprehensive meetings.
But during a public hearing at the April 24 meeting, land planner/landscape architect Bill Horning and land developer Lee Piculell stated numbers in the report were wrong.
“Our intention isn’t to impugn the integrity of any of the hard work that’s been done,” Horning said. “The city needs to provide land good for future neighborhoods, like the neighborhoods you moved to when you moved into Keizer. If you’re going to support higher income families than the rest of the state, you have to provide quality neighborhood sites. That will attract more residents.
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