Wetlands ordinance on planning panel agenda

The Ashland Planning Commission will hold a second public hearing Tuesday evening regarding possible ordinance changes on wetland and riparian areas.

Planning staff made changes to five sections that concerned citizens the most at April's public hearing, most notably the possibility of a home or business owner whose property is located in a wetland zone not being able to rebuild if it is damaged during a natural disaster.

Planning staff would allow the rebuilding of a residence or commercial property, but would require permission from the planning commission for structures such as outbuildings or decks.

Planning staff is also offering options for determining the location of the top of a bank, what percentage of replanting areas need to be native plants, controlling weeds and non-native plants with "power-assisted equipment" and what to do in a situation when building envelops had previously been approved, but will now be in a wetland or riparian area if the ordinances are approved.

The planning commission will also listen to Southern Oregon University students' presentation of their photography work on inventorying Ashland riparian areas.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center at 1175 E. Main St.

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