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Sisters council OKs 191-unit McKenzie Meadows Village


The Sisters City Council on Wednesday evening unanimously approved Hayden Home’s plans for McKenzie Meadows Village, a 191-unit development on West McKinney Butte Road, including conditions to require a minimum number of affordable housing units.

Here’s a city of Sisters news release about the approval and process leading up to it;

The Sisters City Council unanimously voted to adopt Ordinance No. 496, an ordinance approving the McKenzie Meadows Village Master Plan, Subdivision, Zone Change, Plan Amendment, and Development Agreement (Planning File Nos. MP 18-01, SUB 18-02, ZM 18-02, and DA 19-01).

The application was submitted by H.A. McCoy Engineering & Surveying, LLC on behalf of Hayden Homes, LLC. The approval will enable a vacant property located at approximately 1680 W McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters, OR 97759 to be developed with a minimum of 195 residential units (116 single family detached, 18 single family attached/ townhomes, and 61 to 65 multi-family units), 3.32 acres of open space, and recreational amenities and supporting infrastructure.

The approval also includes entering into a Development Agreement (DA 19-01) to further specify an Annexation Agreement requirement to provide a minimum of one affordable housing unit for every 10 market-rate residential units.

DA 19-01 specifies that of the required affordable housing units, no more than five be 1- bedroom units, no fewer than four be 3-bedroom units, and no fewer than eight be rental units.

The application was reviewed using the adopted applicable city and state procedures, including noticing and a number of opportunities for the public to provide comments. Review fees, paid by the applicant, were in excess of $34,000.

Two Planning Commission meetings and two City Council meetings were held. On March 21, 2019, the Planning Commission voted 6-1 to approve with conditions, the Subdivision and Master Plan and recommended the City Council approve the Zone Change and amendments to the Sisters Comprehensive Plan Map.

The Council carefully considered the public comments received, the hundreds of pages and facts in the public record, staff’s findings and recommendations, and the Planning Commission’s recommendations.

The previous 2005 Village of Cold Springs master plan (MP 05-01) was also taken into consideration. It included private streets with Public Access Easement which were required and designed to accommodate future street connections, a condition not unusual for subdivisions platted during that time. The road pavement width in the Village at Cold Springs also met the transportation design standards at the time and no variances for width were granted.

During the Council’s deliberations on May 15th, the Council thoughtfully examined the request and extensive record, and directed staff to prepare a final decision, to approve the application. The Council decision was made based on the City’s adopted standards and criteria and consistency with the Statewide Planning Goals and City’s Comprehensive Plan.

On May 29th, the Council unanimously voted to adopt the ordinance approving the development proposal with a number of conditions.

A copy of the final decision, Ordinance No. 496 and all information in the record can be viewed at City Hall (520 E Cascade Avenue, Sisters, OR 97759) or online at:

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