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KEIZER, OR-The Keizer City Council this week was forced to delay a decision on the only private proposal it has attracted for the planned development of 235 acres adjacent Interstate 5 called the Chemawa Activity Center. For previous coverage on GlobeSt.com, click here.

The City of Salem, which has expressed concerns over development of the land for a good 15 years now, pointed out a process error: the minutes of the Salem Keizer Area Planning Advisory Committee, part of the body of information to be used by the Keizer City Council in making their decision, had not been approved by Salem Mayor Mike Swaim.

There are currently two plans to develop the property, which is owned by several different land owners. The Keizer Station Plan, proposed by developer Northwest National LLC, envisions separate retail, industrial and sports recreation businesses on the land. The city’s alternative plan, which was recommended by the Keizer planning commission in March, would increase industrial business park zoning and decrease commercial retail zoning.

Locals in favor of the Keizer Station Plan say it will keep shoppers in the city. Local opponents say it will take away from businesses on River Road and create traffic problems, while Salem city officials say it also will take away from businesses in their city.

Salem has lost several Downtown retailers in the past four years that have not been replaced, including two or three restaurants, a sporting goods store and a national fitness chain. Salem officials have said they want more analysis of what impacts the development of Chemewa Activity Center would have on the state’s capital.

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