Three Mile Prairie Requests Design Review; Board of Commissioners Seek Committee Members; Quince Street Update Forthcoming; Labor Day Travel; Governor Signs Bills

Three Mile Prairie Requests Design Review

A design review is the focus of the city of Florence Planning commission this evening.  The commission will hear from Three Mile Prairie’s Kyle Honeycutt on a request to modify the design of a single-family dwelling unit that will be connected on one concrete footing with two site-built dwellings rather than the typical garage.  The approval is outside the scope of the review process and was moved to the commission for a type III quasi-judicial review in accordance with Florence City Code.  According to initial documents provided by the city the current recommendation based on information received is to deny the request for a change as proposed.  This evening a public hearing will be held to further discuss the proposed changes before making a decision.  Planning commission meeting will be at 5:30 at City Hall.

Board of Commissioners Seek Committee Members

The Lane County Board of Commissioners are currently seeking citizens who will serve on the Lane County Property Value Appeals Board.  The Board hears petitions for reductions of real market, assessed, and specially assessed values of property, and considers applications to excuse liability for penalties. At a hearing, based on evidence presented by the taxpayer and the County, the Board makes a determination of a property’s value, and issues an order.  To qualify to serve on the Board you must be a resident of Lane County and have an interest or employment background in real property appraisal, finance, or real estate. Applicants cannot be an employee of the County or any taxing district within the County. Applications will be accepted at

Quince Street Update Forthcoming

The Florence Urban Renewal Agency will hear an update on the plans to develop the Quince Street property into a hotel.  They will hear comment tomorrow evening from Matt Braun of Braun Development Services. And a report from staff on the current status of the Disposition and Development Agreement will also be given.  FURA meets at 5:30 at City Hall.

Labor Day Travel

If you are planning a getaway for the Labor Day Weekend, you are definitely not alone according to Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon.  Dodds says you can expect a 4% increase in domestic travel compared to last year.  international travel has increased by 44%.  Top destinations in Oregon are Bend, Lincoln City and Eugene with out of state travelers choosing Anaheim, Las Vegas and Orlando as their destinations.  International travel destinations are London, Paris and Rome.  Dodds says international hotel bookings are up 82 % from last year.  She also says if you are driving Thursday and Friday of Labor Day weekend will be the busiest and Monday for returning travelers.

Governor Signs Bills

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek hosted a signing party yesterday for legislation that was passed in the most recent session. The governor signed 7 bills into law including increased penalties for possession of fentanyl, the regulation of ghost guns and the funding to provide more training classes for the Department of Public Safety to train officers of the OSP and local governments. The complete list and descriptions below:


HB 2005: Regulates undetectable and untraceable “ghost guns,” affirming Oregon’s commitment to responsible gun ownership.

HB 2320: Establishes the Juvenile Justice Policy Commission within the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to deliver data-driven policy recommendations on how to strengthen public safety and improve the outcomes in Oregon’s juvenile justice system.

HB 2645: Increases penalties for possession of fentanyl.

HB 2676: Updates several inequitable impediments to the Victims Compensation Program, expands counseling eligibility, and increases maximum reimbursement amounts for counseling, loss of support, and funeral costs.

HB 2732: Continues invaluable funding for Children Advocacy Centers across Oregon which provide critical services for children when abuse is suspected or confirmed, providing access to vital services and life-saving exams and interviews.

SB 337: Takes a step towards making long-term, systemic changes to our public defense system to ensure that it can bring Oregon closer to its constitutional and moral obligation to provide every Oregonian with qualified defense counsel if they are unable to afford it.

SB 5533: Dedicates funding to improve access to training and classes at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training so the Oregon State Police and local governments can access training and have no slowdowns as they hire new officers.