Councilors & Commissioners Updated on UGB
The city staff presented councilors an update on the Urban Growth Boundary at the Monday workshop, also attended by the county commissioners.
Following a 30 minute presentation by SOREDI, Tom Schauer shared information on the current status of the UGB, outlined new information and provided options and considerations for the two elected bodies.
The new information comes from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis that says growth in Josephine County is likely to occur more slowly than the adopted 20 year forecast, basically saying the new forecast is about 32 percent lower for 20 years, but will likely be within three percent of the 30 year forecast.
Four alternatives were presented. First to stay with the adopted forecast, then staff recommended going with the new forecast with an urban reserve with transportation and infrastructure planning, the new forecast without the transportation and infrastructure planning and the new forecast without the urban reserve.
Department of Public Safety Chief Joe Henner outlined the re-organization that does not replace departing deputy chief Jeff Geddings. A slight realignment of duties will result in a Lieutenant position assuming many of those duties at lower pay grade, and a Corporal position being upgraded to Sergeant.
Chief Henner believes the new organization will be more efficient with an annual savings of about $3,000.