On Monday, Dec. 7, the Wilsonville City Council held a public hearing and adopted an ordinance that bans within city limits medical marijuana-processing sites, medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana producers, recreational marijuana processors, recreational marijuana wholesalers, and/or recreational marijuana retailers. The ban is permitted under state law by House Bill 3400; however, the law further requires that the ban be referred to the voters at the next statewide general election of November 2016. A second reading of the ordinance is planned for the next City Council meeting on Jan. 4, 2016.
The City Council also held a public hearing on an ordinance that amends Chapter 3 of the Wilsonville Code, the Right-Of-Way and Public Easement Management Section, adding new language to conform the fee structure to current practice for utilities that use the right of ways to serve Wilsonville customers and to further clarify how the City sets franchise fees for use of the public right-of-way by an entity that passes through the City but does not provide service to Wilsonville customers. The ordinance bases the pass through franchise fees primarily on the size of the proposed utility pipes as measured in cubic feet of right-of-way used together with a surcharge fee for pipes larger than 48 inches in diameter that carry material under pressure. A second reading of this ordinance is planned for the City Council meeting on Jan. 18, 2016.
Under the consent agenda, the Council approved the Canvass of Votes for the November 2015 special election and also authorized the City Manager to extend a franchise agreement with Comcast until June 30, 2016, to provide the City and Comcast more time to negotiate a new long-term franchise agreement.
City Council also approved a resolution authorizing the City to enter into an Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement with the West-Linn Wilsonville School District that the covers the actions that are needed to be performed to provide the necessary infrastructure to develop the Advance Road middle school site. The new middle school, to be located southeast of the intersection of Advance and Wilsonville Roads, is planned to be completed and opened in the fall of 2017.
The City Council also approved a resolution that authorizes the City to enter into an agreement that defers the Systems Development Charges (SDC) for a new Subaru dealership that is now being developed south of the Fred Meyer in Wilsonville. The SDCs are to be deferred until either the developer is ready to request a Certificate of Occupancy or June 30, 2016, whichever occurs first.
At work session prior to the City Council meeting, the Council heard updates and discussed an upcoming information systems strategic planning process, the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant Master Plan project that guides future development and upgrades to the City’s water treatment plant, funding for Wilsonville Community Sharing and research completed by the City Attorney on no fault tenancy terminations and related noticing options.