The Hermiston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday to consider adding a fairgrounds overlay district to land south of Hermiston Airport.

If approved, the change would allow for a county fairgrounds and an event center to occupy land south of the airport, now zoned as light industrial and open space. Land classified as an M-1 zone or industrial does not allow for public or recreational uses of the land.

The change would permit agricultural and animal display buildings, a community building, a parking lot, a recreational vehicle park and a rodeo grounds among other uses.

“The proposed fairgrounds overlay zone creates a specific set of uses and development standards which are designed to apply to the site selected for the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center,” Hermiston City Planner Clint Spencer said in a memorandum to the city council on March 7.

The fairgrounds overlay would require a chain link fence at a maximum of six feet high and buildings would be allowed 25 feet from any adjacent property line.

The fairgrounds overlay would require adequate parking lots and additional overflow space if needed.

At the meeting, the commission will look at potential conflicts of interest that could arise and hear an overview of the guidelines related to the zone change.

There will be an opportunity for public comment.

The meeting will be held at City Hall, 180 N.E. Second St.

For more information, visit the city's website at www.hermiston.or.us.

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