June 11, 2019 10:30 a.m.
The Roseburg City Council approved the Pine Street Waterfront Overlay ordinance at its Monday night meeting.
Community Development Director Stuart Cowie was joined by Marcy McInelly, of Portland based design firm, Urbsworks for a presentation. Cowie said the ordinance is culmination of 3 years of work on the idea.
The area under the plan is about a 1,000-foot section of Pine, north of the Floed-Lane House. The road is essentially an easement along with a multi-use path that runs just west of the railroad tracks.
Cowie said the idea is to eventually create a unique area of commercial development, that backs onto the South Umpqua River. Most of the homes are historic structures. McInelly said designers have come up with a number of ways to calm and slow traffic so that pedestrians and bicyclists have priority but motorists can still get in and out of the area. A parking lot is planned at the north end of the street, which would be used by all those in the area that are visiting businesses as they are established.
Cowie said it may take years for the idea to develop but noted that a public/private partnership could speed up the process. He said the council should eventually consider adding the properties to the newest Urban Renewal area. In response to a question from Councilor Ashley Hicks, Cowie said while the size of the multi-use path would stay about the same, the area to the west and east of it designated for parking would be enlarged. McInnely said that means all modes of transportation would have to proceed through the area slowly, adding to the calming effect of the plan.
Resident Bernie Woodward said he supported the plan and was “excited” about it. He said while the current proposal didn’t have all the answers for developing the area, he said it was the “perfect plan”. Woodward said the adoption of the idea would be a “big step for the future of Roseburg”. He said now the council needs to look at the rest of the city that borders the South Umpqua River and find ways to create things that would enhance the ability of residents and visitors to enjoy the river.
A motion to adopt the plan and have first reading of the ordinance was approved on a unanimous vote of the council.