City may lease site to eatery

The Ashland City Council will consider leasing 265 acres of land to Standing Stone Brewing Co. to raise livestock for its Oak Street restaurant.

The council meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

In August of 2010, the City Council agreed to let Standing Stone use 265 acres of an 846-acre parcel of undeveloped city land across Interstate 5 from town.

The council at that time directed city staff to research fair market lease rates. That process proved difficult given limited data on lease rates for unimproved grasslands, city staff said in a memo this month.

The Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District has estimated the highest lease value for unmanaged hillside land with shallow, clay-based soil at $50 an acre. Those characteristics fit the city-owned land, city staff said.

At $50 an acre, the lease for the 265 acres would be $13,250 annually, enough to cover the city of Ashland's expenses for taxes, fire protection and irrigation fees, city staff said.

Also Tuesday night, the City Council will consider whether to authorize spending $94,020 for an architectural firm to design remodeling plans and devise cost estimates to transform The Grove building on East Main Street into an expanded home for the Ashland Police Department.

The council will also consider an appeal of the Ashland Planning Commission's approval of the Strawberry Meadows Subdivision on Hitt Road high in Ashland's hills.

For a complete list of agenda items and for details on each item, visit

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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