Thursday, September 25, 2014

Council Votes to Overturn DRC - Is this the beginning of the 2014 Election?

To All COLA LO Members,

Last night the council voted to overturn the DRC decision against the Wizer block development.  

Thus the council approves the development and is effectively committing $5+ million in taxpayer funds to the project.  

The Final Vote:

5-2 in favor of overturning the DRC ruling and now approving project

                                                                    O'Neill  Yes
Studebaker Yes
Gudman Yes
Gustafson Yes
Jordan Yes
Bowerman No
                                           Hughes      No

Many in the community are now wondering if the groups opposed to the project including SOV - Save Our Village will actually appeal the decision to LUBA - Land Use Board of Appeals?

Only time will tell but several articles in the Oregonian and the LO review.

Oregonian article can be found at Overturns Decision

While a  much more detailed article can be found in the LO review City Council Approves Wizer Block..  the article presents various perspectives and statements made by individual councilors.  

The community rumor mill is abuzz about the impact this vote and the positions of candidates will have on the outcome of the 2014 election.   This vote has certainly made the election more interesting for Lake Oswego.  

Many are now wondering "what is next, another streetcar project?"

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

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