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Oregon Begins Review Of Damascus' Fate

OPB | Dec. 23, 2013 7:13 a.m. | Damascus, Oregon

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A state hearings officer has started reviewing arguments to determine what should happen to a city that has failed to follow Oregon’s land-use laws.

Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development has brought in a hearings officer to oversee enforcement against Damascus. The Clackamas County city has failed to come up with a state-required land-use plan, nine years after incorporating.

Eight parties will join in, as well as Damascus and the state.

Metro is participating, based on its role as supervisor of planning in the Portland region.

So is Clackamas County. Happy Valley says it’s watching out for possible negative fallout from plans in its neighboring city. Two property owners were granted limited roles, because their building hopes depend on the city’s plans.

The group Citizens for Moving Damascus Forward and long-time resident Karl Wescott are weighing in on recent attempts to craft a plan.

The parties had to submit initial briefs by the end of last week. Responses are due next week (Jan. 3rd), with oral arguments to follow, if necessary.

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