Public hearing on port zoning Monday

The Hood River Planning Commission will meet this Monday to address two items needed before development planned near the Expo Center property at the Port of Hood River can move forward.

The first is a zone change for 2.33 acres of land located on portions of three parcels that are situated just west of North Second Street and just south of Portway Avenue. The port is requesting the land, which is currently zoned General Commercial (C-2), be changed to Light Industrial (LI).

According to city documents, the land has predominately been zoned LI in the past, but was rezoned in 1998 to C-2. Michael McElwee, executive director for the Port of Hood River, said the zoning change was originally made to accommodate the arrival of the Hood River Expo Center and Visitors Center, which was formerly the site of Clark Door, according to the history section on the port’s website.

The zone change is needed, in part, to construct a proposed 20,174-square-foot production and storage facility for vegetarian food company Turtle Island Foods, which has another building on port property nearby on Anchor Way that opened within the past year. A public hearing on the site plan review for this development will also occur Monday evening. The application for the site plan review is being made by Jeff Pickhardt of Key Development.

The public hearing for the zone change and the site plan review will take place Monday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the city hall, located at 211 Second Street.​

According to Disposition and Development Agreement between the port and Key Development, the Expo Center building is eventually planned to be demolished to create parking and space for two new mixed-use buildings, with tenants that have yet to be determined.

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