Salem city council chambers on Wednesday, September 30. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)
The Salem City Council meets Monday to consider amending the city's comprehensive plan, an application for grand funds to support commercial air service development and waiving fees to install charging stations at the Salem Municipal Airport.
Councilors will consider a resolution to update the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan and adopt the city's Housing Needs Analysis, as well as change the comprehensive plan map, zoning maps and zoning code. The resolution would initiate the process for those changes, and subsequent public hearings are expected next year. Salem's comprehensive plan dates back to 1973 and has been changed several times, but has never been fully overhauled.
They will consider accepting a donation by Ward Development, LLC, of a property adjacent to Fairview Park and covering their $149,275 street improvement cost.
Councilors will consider authorizing the city to apply for an $850,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation for commercial air service development at the Salem Municipal Airport. The federal Small Community Air Service Development program provides grants to help small communities address air service and airfare issues, according to the action item.
They will also consider waiving a ground lease fee for 10 years for installing electric aircraft and vehicle charging stations at the airport. Salem Aviation Fueling has partnered with BETA Technologies, a Vermont-based urban air mobility electric aircraft company, which has proposed installing up to three electric aircraft charging stations and two car charging stations at the airport. BETA Technologies is funding the entire cost of installation, estimated at $80,000, the action item said.
Councilors will also hear an update on the city's draft climate action plan, which was published in November. The council will vote on adopting the plan at a later date.
How to participate: Salem City Council meetings are all virtual. Anyone can watch live on CC:Media, channel 21 or on YouTube at 6 p.m. Monday.
Submit comments on agenda items by 5 p.m., or earlier, on the day of the meeting at [email protected] Public comment and testimony may also be provided during the meeting via Zoom. Please pre-register between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting at the following link: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/Public-Comment-at-Salem-City-CouncilMeeting.aspx.