Ashland City Council hears public comment on Normal Neighborhood Plan


Medford, Ore. — Nearly 100 people showed up to Tuesday’s City Council meeting. They went to give their input on a proposal that would allow for 450 homes to be developed on 94 acres close to Normal Avenue. It’s called the “Normal Neighborhood Plan,” and city planners have been working on it for three years.

The land is part of Southern Ashland’s Urban Growth Boundary, an area for the city’s future population.

But many residents aren’t sold on the idea. Carol Block said, “We don’t want it developed at the density that it is and we also question some of the zoning.”

Block and others are concerned about the wetlands in the are but Brandon Goldman said they won’t be touched. Residents are also concerned about the construction of cross walk over the railroad tracks on Normal Ave and the widening of East Main Street for more lanes and a turning lane onto Normal Ave.

Goldman said, “”Would be paid for entirely by the developers and the street improvements and the railroad crossing the city may pay a proportion of those impacts.”

50 people signed up to talk at the meeting and most of them did. But another meeting is scheduled for September 15th to look over the final plan and give people the chance to talk who didn’t on Tuesday.

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