MADRAS, OR -- A new residential subdivision may be built near Madras' water tank.
A public hearing is scheduled for December 13th, to determine whether to approve the application. City of Madras Assistant Planner Morgan Greenwood says the application in question proposes a 10 lot subdivision and land set aside for a city park. "As you come into town, you can see a large water tank on the east side of the highway. So, it is the approximately 40 acre parcel that surrounds the water tank. So, it's that 40 acre parcel and then it is also the 40 acre parcel that's immediately to the east of it."
Greenwood says the City of Madras is named on the application because a portion of the land required for the subdivision is the site of the water tower, which the homes and park would be built around, while leaving the tower intact. Greenwood says the proposal is in its very earliest stages. "It is kind of a pre-subdivision subdivision. A 40 acre parcel is being divided into phases, basically, so within each of these phases, that will be further subdivided into residential lots. So, whomever purchases them, or whomever ends up ultimately developing them, wouldn't, necessarily, develop them all at the same time."
The public hearing is scheduled for mid-December and written public comment will be accepted through Sunday.