No quorum moves Planning Commission vote on fun center to Dec. 12
Due to a lack of a quorum, a Sherwood Planning Commission meeting set to mull plans for a new entertainment and recreation fun center on Langer Farms Parkway was continued until Dec. 12. The vote came after the Gazette went to press.
On Nov. 28, the commission was set to hold a public hearing on Parkway Village South, which contains plans for a 92,899-square-foot fun center. The proposal is being made by Langer Family, LLC, with AKS Engineering and Forestry acting as representative.
However, the usual seven-member-strong commission was down by three members due to one member being ill, another being out of town and a vacancy on the commission. After a short break where city planning staff and the city attorney huddled, it was announced that a planning commission member – Rob Rettig -- would need to recuse himself because he works for AKS Engineering and Forestry, the applicant's representative. That brought the number of voting commissioners down to three, not enough to approve a land-use application. (For the record, consulting work completed by AKS found in planning packets is fairly common in the Portland-metro area as is AKS personnel representing an applicant before a planning commission.)
Julia Hajduk, the city's community development director, said the lack of a quorum on the Planning Commission was unusual and may be a first during her tenure.
In addition to the fun center, plans are to build 32,408 square feet of retail space (along with plans for a 392-square-foot coffee kiosk) to the south of the current Parkway Village at Sherwood, the complex that contains the WalMart superstore.
Meanwhile, the Planning Commission also approved Bowman House 4 at 15804 S.W. First St. Like the prior three homes, this one will be built by Sherwood High School students under the leadership of construction teacher Jon Dickover.