The Medford Planning Commission met Monday night (Feb 18) to decide whether a plot of land on Highway 13 in Medford should be rezoned from residential to commercial. The request was brought by Jon Ruesch involving a parcel of just under 5 acres at the corner of Conrad Drive and Highway 13.
Gene Knoll addressed the meeting indicating that Forward Finacial would like to construct a new bank on the parcel. Attorney Bill Grunwald told the group that there had been some issues regarding restrictive covenants. Grunwald indicated that the parcel in question was not part of the Jentzsch property when the covenants were put in place in 1954. Property owner Wayne Engel talked at length about how the city and county had adapted the restrictive covenants. Engel handed out a map which he said included the subject area and was then questioned by commission member Tim Hanson: “Were Klinner Insurance,, the Brass Rail, Liske Marine and Mertens Garage all in violation of the covenant? They’re on your map.”
After further discussion City Planner Bob Christenson told the group that in 1954 when the restrictive covenants were put in place, the Jentzsch family didn’t own the parcel in question, nor did they own several parcels to the south of the property. Mayor Wellner asked the group, if we can’t put a business on Highway 13, where can we put it.
Ultimately the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that city council rezone the property from R-1 residential to C-1 commercial.
The Medford City Council will meet Tuesday, February 19th to vote on the issue.