Floras Lake Land Swap Decision

September 19, 2019 - 5:15 AM
SOCC Community Room
96082 Lone Ranch Parkway
Brookings, OR
Free—public meeting

Floras Lake, aerial view from sea.\Photo by Alex Derr.

Conservationists and other community advocates on the south coast have been working for years to bring about a land swap:  land owned by the county adjacent to Floras Lake for land owned by the state adjacent to Hwy 101.  This would protect the lake, cherished by many, and its surrounding habitat, while providing the county with less ecologically important property with more development options.  The swap has appeared close in the past, but development interests and development-oriented commissioners have managed to delay the process.  Now it appears very close indeed.  At its upcoming meeting in Brookings, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission will decide whether to approve the exchange.

The commission meeting begins at 10:15 a.m. at the Southwestern Oregon Community College branch in Brookings (96082 Lone Ranch Parkway).  The agenda isn’t rigid, but it is likely that the land swap issue will come up in the morning.  There is also a public comment period at the beginning of the meeting which provides another opportunity to address the commission.

Those attending the meeting should come at the beginning to sign up to speak.  Be aware that testimony is limited to three minutes.  Bring 15 copies of your testimony with you (which can be longer than the limited time you have to speak).

For more information about the agenda, go here.