PENDLETON - Despite neighbors' objections, northeast Pendleton property owners Lowell and Cindy Spiess will be allowed to partition their half-acre parcel into three lots.

The Spiesses plan to partition their lot at the northeast corner of Northeast Riverside Avenue and 37th Street. One neighbor, Verna Johnson, 511 N.E. 37th St., appealed the city's administrative approval of the partition and three other neighbors backed her up at Thursday's public hearing.

Nevertheless, the Pendleton Planning Commission unanimously accepted a city staff recommendation and approved the partition.

Mike Muller, the city's new part-time planner, presented the staff report, which had been written by Pete Wells, city attorney and planning director. It stated that the Spiess's proposal complied with the city's comprehensive plan, zoning and subdivision ordinances with three conditions.

The city's conditions are that the Spiesses consent to participate in a local improvement district if one is formed, that they hold the city harmless if an appeal is filed and that the conditions are binding on the property owners, their heirs and future owners.

Lance Zaugg, who lives across 37th Street from the Spiess's property, said he objected to the partition because it would increase traffic in the area once two more homes were added.

Johnson spoke briefly in support of her appeal and a letter from her, and letters supporting her from neighbors Bob and Vickie Chambers and Warren J. Wilkinson were read into the record.

"Based on what's in front of us, it meets all the standards," said Ken Lebsock, acting chairman of the Planning Commission.

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