September 12, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 21

Airway Heights September planning meeting canceled

Absence, open positions leads to lack of quorum; hearing on multifamily development moved to October’s meeting

The September meeting of the Airway Heights Planning Commission was canceled due to lack of quorum.

One of the commission’s current three members was unable to make the meeting, which led to its cancellation. There are still two open spots on the dais.

Among the items originally on the agenda included a public hearing regarding the proposed multifamily development on North Craig Road, which could serve as an alternative housing location for residents living in Accident Potential Zone Two, leading to the runway of Fairchild Air Force Base.

The city and other regional governments have been moving to reduce the density in the area to better protect the base from encroachment.

The mobile home park and stick-built homes in the area create densities that were detrimental to the base during its pursuit of having the KC-46A tanker fleet deploy first to Fairchild.

Concerns about the multifamily housing project include its location to other apartment complexes in the area and its planned footprint. After initial comments in previous months, however, developers said they would reduce the number of units per acre to under 15, which complies with the city’s Joint Land Use Study zoning document.

Since the Planning Commission meeting was canceled, the public hearing will take place at the Oct. 14 meeting.

In addition to the public hearing, the commission is getting ready to take a look at chapter four of the city’s comprehensive plan, which focuses on land use.

The Planning Commission meets on the second Monday each month at 6 p.m. in the council chambers. For more information, contact the planning office at 244-2552.

James Eik can be reached at james@cheneyfreepress.com.

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