As a broker and resident of Cannon Beach, I would like to compliment the Cannon Beach City Council on taking a stand supporting the development of cottage style homes on the Nicholson property on Laurel. The City of Cannon Beach has been able to maintain its charm and property values because of its uniqueness. By not allowing big box stores and corporate retail places like Starbucks we have attracted visitors and property owners who wish to escape to a distinctive village atmosphere on the coast.
What does not make sense is why it is taking two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to be allowed to build normal size cottage style homes in a R2 residential zone. Is it not simpler and less costly to simply follow the Comprehensive Plan?
The City Council could send a positive message to the community in support of maintaining our quaint cottage style homes by having a method in place for property owners to get approvals in R2 zones for normal sized houses. It is extremely unfortunate to have a Planning Commission who wants to limit the options for property owners to only be able to build a McMansion style dwelling, which does not follow the City of Cannon Beach’s Comprehensive Plan. Furthermore, it promotes the disturbing long-term trend of the destruction of historic scale cottages to only be replaced with sprawling estates — completely out of touch with what has made Cannon Beach the most desired destination on the Oregon coast.