The portion of the effluent pipeline from Port Orford’s wastewater plant that was proposed to be built beyond the city boundary and onto Knapp Ranch was denied by the Curry County Planning Commission at their November 7 meeting. The vote was 4 to 3 against the application.
The decision turned on the fact that Elk River Property Development had failed to apply for an extension of its Conditional Use Permit within one year of the original approval, as required, and it was deemed to have expired. Without a valid CUP in place, the Department of Environmental Quality is not able to evaluate any plan for irrigation with recycled water on the proposed golf course. And without DEQ’s determination, the use of recycled water is not permitted.
The Final Order denying the application for the pipeline can be read here: