Planners to tackle Croman Mill plans

Where should the city allow offices, manufacturing plants and houses to be built on Ashland's largest piece of undeveloped land?

Planning Commissioners will try to create zoning requirements for the Croman Mill site, located east of Tolman Creek Road, at their meeting tonight at the Civic Center.

At the 7 p.m. meeting, commissioners will start creating land use rules for the 65-acre property on the basis of recommendations from the City Council. In February councilors decided that the plans should allow for the creation of a light industrial area, business offices, a new street system, a park and possibly housing.

The plans call for the land to consist of 24 percent industrial space, 22 percent office space, 13 percent mixed-use space and 9 percent open space. A park and a neighborhood center could be built on the extra land, according to city plans.

Also at the meeting, commissioners will be briefed on Southern Oregon University's plans for pedestrian traffic and on steps the city can take to prepare for public health emergencies.

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