Thursday, September 5, 2013

More Details on Sensitive Lands Loss by City

To All COLA LO Members,

The LO review published additional information this week on the LUBA appeal by the City to reduce sensitive lands on a specific tree grove.   It provides additional insight into the parties involved and their perspectives.  

The article:  State Rejects City Removal of Protections provides a response from the LO stewards group and the Mayor.

Its becoming clear to any reasonable citizen that changes to the program are not likely to be approved by METRO and other State agencies without substantial justification.     That will likely require years of effort and a large amount of public funds.   

The City is to decide on additional efforts to reign in the program this year but many wonder if those efforts will ever see the light of day now that the city has lost on two separate occasions.    Citizens will wonder how much expenditure is justified if METRO will not approve any changes to the program that was passed by the prior administration.   

Its an unfortunate situation involving property rights issues and now reasonability of spending in taxpayer funds. 

At some point residents have to wonder if a citizen group is better off making a legal challenge justified by the " economic impairment"  on their property?  

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.   


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