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Short Timeline In Oregon's Land-Use Enforcement Against Damascus

People who want to get involved in the dispute involving the long-term growth plan in the city of Damascus need to let Oregon officials know Friday.

Downtown Damascus

Downtown Damascus

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The city of Damascus is facing possible sanctions from state officials, because it doesn’t have an approved comprehensive plan.

Such plans spell out a city’s intentions for zoning.

The nine-year planning effort in Damascus has been so controversial, it was one of the big reasons advocates attempted to disincorporate the city at the ballot earlier this month.

The election didn’t dissolve Damascus. That opens the door to the unusual step of enforcement by the state. Damascus officials say penalties could include loss of state money or a moratorium on development.

Local property owners and others with a stake in the future of Damascus have to let the hearings officer know they want to be involved at least 21 days before the case officially starts.

That’s December 20th, making Friday the deadline to inform the hearings officer, in order to have a say in the state’s proceedings.

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