Ashland's City Council takes up the issue tonight of how close to the road new buildings on Lithia Way can be.

Ashland's City Council takes up the issue tonight of how close to the road new buildings on Lithia Way can be.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E. Main St. It's open to the public.

The council will consider a recommendation by the Planning Commission that it repeal a 20-foot setback required for buildings on the north side of the street, a main route across Ashland.

Buildings on the south side of the street already can be built to the edge of the sidewalk, the same as in other parts of Ashland's downtown.

But because of the different requirement for the north side, the Planning Commission in 2006 denied a proposal for a large building in the former Copeland Lumber site. That resulted in controversy over the differing rules.

Agenda details: www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=11054.