Archive for the Category ‘Big Box Debate’

Keizerites narrowly reject ballot measure

Keizerites narrowly reject ballot measure

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A ballot measure restricting retail buildings bigger than 65,000 square feet lost by 34 votes, according to final unofficial totals released Tuesday night. Preliminary returns from Marion County indicate the measure failed 50.2 percent to 49.7 percent. Votes against were 4,042, and 4,008 voted yes. Marion County Clerk Bill […]

Critics charge traffic impact from big box downplayed in study

Critics charge traffic impact from big box downplayed in study

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes An opponent-funded review of the Keizer Station Area C traffic impact analysis calls the developer’s study “inaccurate” and “flawed.” The review by Rick Nys of Greenlight Engineering states the original traffic impact analysis (TIA) “may understate the effects of the proposed development on the transportation system.” According to the […]

Unions dominate Keep Keizer Livable funding

Unions dominate Keep Keizer Livable funding

By Jason Cox Of The Keizertimes Union dollars make up almost 90 percent of contributions promoting a ballot measure enacting retail building size limitations. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 has pumped $15,000 into Keep Keizer Livable’s coffers in the past three weeks alone as the March 8 ballot deadline approaches. Keep […]

Studies paint mixed picture of big box’s economic impact

Studies paint mixed picture of big box’s economic impact

Some say small businesses suffer, others say it’s a wash

7 p.m. Live Chat: Keizer St. Area C public hearing

7 p.m. Live Chat: Keizer St. Area C public hearing

Keizer City Council – Area C Public Hearing

A look at the communities that booted the big box

A look at the communities that booted the big box

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer won’t be the first community considering whether to restrict big box retail. Other cities around the nation have put varying limits on retail size, purpose and placement – and each experience is different. This week we take a look at three towns, two in Oregon and one in […]

Chamber board will oppose big box measure

Chamber board will oppose big box measure

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce Board has voted to oppose Measure 24-314, which would restrict retail buildings bigger than 65,000 square feet to the developed portion of Keizer Station. The board took a vote via e-mail Wednesday, said Rich Duncan, president of the board. Duncan doesn’t expect the chamber to play a financial role. “It’s […]

Experts: Measure may not stop planned big box store

Experts: Measure may not stop planned big box store

Backers ‘confident’ measure will ‘impact’ Area C development

Big box ballot measure raises big questions

Big box ballot measure raises big questions

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer voters will be asked March 8 whether to ban retail buildings larger than 65,000 square feet outside the currently-developed portion of Keizer Station. Thus we have some Big Questions. This week we answer questions about how the measure would be applied if passed, what it would stop – […]

Keizer couple fights battle for Chemawa Road

Keizer couple fights battle for Chemawa Road

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Kevin Hohnbaum and Jane Mulholland have been told repeatedly that no one has ever seen as much response to a local issue as the outpouring that occurred as the result of the Keizer City Council’s decision to alter the type of building that will be allowed in Area […]

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