former associates raised objections to his
proposed Western States Land Reliance Trust project at a Sweet Home Planning Commission hearing Monday night, Aug. 1.
But they say they may withdraw their opposition depending on whether their questions are answered satisfactorily. Desler is the managing trustee for WSLRT, which has proposed a subdivision in connection with the master plan for the Santiam Commons and Santiam River Club developments.
likened the layout of the project's network of trails and private roads to Eagle Crest and Sunriver.
told the Planning Commission
that the densities, streams, paths and other details were subject to change based on a note on the master plan map.
The subdivision will eventually be accessed through a connection to 18th Avenue through the Santiam Commons, the commercial portion of the development, Desler
said, and the area already has emergency access from 18th Avenue.
is seeking a new traffic impact study to determine how much Clark Mill may need to be improved to handle additional traffic.
said additional agencies have gotten involved in the wildlife issues on the property, including a pair of bald eagles that will require a 15-year protection plan.Desler
is working on a new plan for the wildlife corridors that will need to meet the approval of state and federal agencies.
...Chairman Dick Meyers also asked Desler about how these properties could be clustered.
"Just because there's a lot line here doesn't mean creativity within those lots can't occur," Desler
The subdivision is in compliance with the master plan, Desler
said.Walking paths separate from the streets are safer, and what WSLRT
is doing makes economic sense.
The former Morse Bros. property has a permit to allow it to be completely excavated and filled, Desler
said.The reclamation plan for the permit is "not very pretty to look at."
The concern about children and the school district is that it does not get many new students overnight, Desler
"This is not absolute," Desler
said."Plans change.Setting aside 15 years for a bald eagle is a stretch for me, but it's something we committed to do."
Given all the considerations WSLRT
has had to take into account, this is the best way to develop the subdivision and make it pencil out, Desler
said.The sites as shown on the master plan will not work.
"We've been up front about how the plan can change, and it will change some more," Desler
The land is owned by a nonprofit that must give 85 percent of its proceeds to charities, Desler
salary is $60,000 per year in any case."We're here to live up to a commitment.We need to do this."WSLRT
is committed to turning the economy around in Sweet Home, Desler
said.It has maintained its integrity and followed the guiding principles it developed and presented years ago to the community.
If a buyer came along and wanted to buy all of the subdivision, Desler
said, yes, WSLRT
might sell it as long as the developer lived up to the commitments of the plan, which would go along with the property.
"You have the authority to make mandates," Desler
said."We can buy into that, or we can go away.It's the market that's going to determine if we're right or wrong.If we're wrong, what's the city lost?"Planning commissioner Rich Rowley asked Desler and Ordway about the relationship between WSLRT and Santiam River Partners, which is a for-profit organization.
"I think Mr. Desler
would agree we need to communicate more frequently," Ordway said.