Ashland will get Saturday market

Ashlanders could be bagging fresh, local produce at a downtown Saturday farmers market as early as July 19.

The city Planning Commission Tuesday night unanimously approved the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market's conditional use permit to hold the market on a portion of the existing First Place subdivision's parking lot, across from the post office on First Street.

The commission approved organizers' request to run the market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through November. It also approved its request to include as many vendors as would fit in the 5,000-square-foot area, allowing for a fire lane and walking lanes in front of the vendors.

Ashlanders Colin Swales and Philip Lang both raised concerns about the market in letters to the commission regarding the lack of parking, but neither attended the meeting.

Art Bullock of Ashland told the commission he had public safety concerns, showing pictures of orange fencing at the construction site that was knocked down.

The market must wait 15 days to see if anyone is going to appeal the decision.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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