Carson Development Clears State Hurdle, Opponents Face Appeals Deadline

On February 25, the state Land Use Board of Appeals supported the City Council’s approval of rezoning at SW 53rd and Country Club Drive for a new apartment complex in an appeal of the Carson Map Amendments case.   

The Carson Map Amendment, which was proposed last June, changed the zoning plan designation from low-density to high-density residential for the parcel at the southwestern edge of Corvallis. The rezoning project was approved by councilors last August in a vote of 4-3, with Mayor Biff Traber breaking the tie.   

Appellants recently claimed three assignments of error in the case, including the findings in the case, transportation (with six sub-errors), and compatibility with riparian zone and wetland provisions. The two members of the panel that reviewed the case, Michelle Gates Rudd and Melissa M. Ryan, both rejected all of these assignments of error.   

Due to this decision by the Land Use Board of Appeals, opponents of the rezoning now have until March 17 to file with the state Court of Appeals.   

By Cara Nixon 

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