On January 27, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals published its decision affirming Curry County’s approval of the conditional use application for the Pacific Gales Golf Course.
LUBA Decision 1-27-2016
The briefs filed by Oregon Coast Alliance, the petitioner, and ERPD can be seen below. Curry County’s brief is unavailable.
At the January 21 Port Orford City Council meeting, councillors radically revised Resolution 2016-06 to water down what had been drafted for them by Counsel Shala Kudlac.
The language had been “. . . BE IT RESOLVED . . . that the City is supportive of continued communication between Elk River [Property] Development, LLC and the City to negotiate an agreement between the parties for use of the treated effluent in the best interest of the parties involved.” But that was seen as more or less binding, requiring Port Orford to supply the commodity to a golf course that does not yet exist, in the absence of any commitment on the part of ERPD.
Though some citizens spoke in favor of rejecting any resolution as premature, the council drafted a new resolution that commits the City simply to “explore” an agreement for effluent. The resolution passed with a majority vote.
When the final text is available, it will be posted to this site. An earlier, much longer and more convoluted resolution was rejected in November.
This document is in the City Council packet and on the agenda for the January 21 meeting. Please attend and voice your opinions! Is this vague document necessary or useful? Does it give either side any assurances?
effluent resolution 2016-06
Statistic: More golf courses have closed than opened, in every year since 2006. And there’s no end in sight.
So let’s eliminate the middle period, and keep farms in production.
Golf Courses Going Back to Farmland