The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals decided Thursday that the city of Portland will have to revise its decision to deny a key land-use approval to Zenith Energy, the operator of a controversial oil-by-rail terminal in the northwest industrial area.
After erosion brought the ocean more than 100 feet closer to the Pine Beach neighborhood over the last 30 years, homeowners built barriers known as rip rap. Environmentalists say Tillamook County is tossing out years of land-use precedent by allowing the erosion controls. Residents say they followed all the rules.
Highway 101, the backbone of Oregon’s coastal transportation system, is in a sorry state. In several spots, tarmac is crumbling into the ocean. But the state is having trouble repairing it because doing so runs contrary to Oregon’s powerful land-use rules. So now, authorities want to tweak the rules despite the failure of past efforts.