Staff Report Now Available for the Pipeline

Though two conditional use permits are being sought, only one “staff” report has been published. It was prepared by Crystal Shoji, the contract Port Orford City Planner, whose professional practice is located in Coos Bay.

View the document here:     Staff Report

You can find links to the text of the CUPs in the previous post. And, again, the meeting of the Planning Commission to consider the issues is set for Tuesday, February 14, at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. There will certainly be opportunity for comment from the public on both of the planned routes.

Is your home or business located on or near one of the routes? What will that mean for you during construction? How will your property values be affected? What if there are problems after construction — who is liable for any damages?

Residents and property owners deserve answers to these questions and many more BEFORE approval of any further actions by Elk River Property Development. Though this pipeline has been in the works for well over a year, and the Pacific Gales Golf Course since early 2014, there still has been no comprehensive scrutiny of the developers’ larger plan. Not by the city, not by the county, not by any state agency with oversight of the matters involved.

Bit by bit, the curtain has been drawn aside, but mostly we are kept guessing how big this scheme will become. At first, they said they were planning no housing for golf visitors; then they leased land next to the landfill to build luxury homes for them. What else aren’t they telling us?

Make no mistake, ERPD wants to keep us in the dark as long as possible. Let’s shine a bright light on their playing field and keep on keeping score.