The Giant Sitka

The Giant Sitka: Lincoln City Councilor Riley Hoagland and his two children stand next to the giant sitka in Regatta Park. 

The Lincoln City Council will begin the New Year with discussions about a giant sitka, and other community trees, workforce housing and a request to allow limited alcohol sales at the Bijou Theater.

During the 6 p.m. Jan. 14 council meeting, the city staff is expected to recommend that the Council direct Lincoln City Parks and Recreation staff to list Lincoln City in the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, and recognize trees of significance in Lincoln City, including the giant Sitka spruce at Regatta Park.

Theatre alcohol

The Council will as consider a recommendation to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for approval for a limited on-premises sales license for Keith and Elizabeth Altomare, operators pf the Bijou Theatre at 624 NE Highway 101.

Workforce housing

The Council is also scheduled to review new workforce housing ordinances. The four proposed ordinances are intended to promote the development of workforce housing in Lincoln City.

  • Ordinance No. 2019-05 would allow “tiny house” developments in the GC, RC, and RM zones.
  • Ordinance No. 2019-06 would allow “four- flat” dwellings in most zones.
  • Ordinance No. 2019-07 would reduce the amount of required off-street parking for residential development.
  • Ordinance No. 2019-08 would allow the Planning and Community Development Director to waive some or all of the tree protection plan requirements for workforce housing developments.

Oath of Office

New Council members Rick Mark, Diane Kusz and Mitch Parsons, along with Mayor-elect Dick Anderson, will be sworn in to office at the session.

The Council meets at 6 p.m. at Lincoln City Hall, 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City.

See the full city council packet at and follow developments online at and in the Wednesday print editions of The News Guard.


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