Land Use News Archive

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Coos Bay's North Spit, looking east.  Photo by Courtney Johnson.

Coos County Ratifies Pro-LNG Decision

We have waited a long time for the official word, even though we were certain we knew what it would be. Finally, after many delays, the Coos County Board of Commissioners has affirmed most elements in the earlier decision of its appointed Hearings Officer, approving land use permits for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility, and overruling the many contrary...Read more
Developer Tai Dang's threatened Rockaway house.  Photo by Shalom Gilbert.

Rockaway Riprap Applicant Turns to Court

Developer Tai Dang's threatened Rockaway house. Photo by Shalom Gilbert. The saga of developer Tai Dang’s campaign to be allowed to riprap his controversial rental property in Rockaway may have come to an end, as far as the City of Rockaway Beach is concerned, but this is like one of those Hollywood movies that seems to have come to a satisfying conclusion,...Read more
Condos at Cape Kiwanda--we have questions about coastal management.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

Oregon Shores Seeks to Bolster Coastal Management through NOAA Comments

Condos at Cape Kiwanda--we have questions about coastal management. Photo by Sonja Peterson. Thanks to the Coastal Zone Management Act, states potentially have a great deal of control over their own coastal destinies. Under the CZMA, if a state’s coastal policies are accepted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the federal government...Read more
Aerial photo of Cape Lookout from the sea, showing Boy Scout camp property just south of the Cape. Photo by Alex Derr.

Oregon Shores Opposes Boy Scout Golf Course Plan

Cape Lookout with Scout property to the right. Photo by Alex Derr. In December 2015 the Oregon Shores board voted to oppose the proposed development of a golf course on land owned by the Boy Scouts of America just south of Cape Lookout in Tillamook County. The Scouts’ Cascade Pacific Council is considering a scheme to lease 200 acres of forested land bordering...Read more
Site of proposed Oregon LNG export terminal. Photo by Tiffany Boothe.

Oregon LNG Threat in Warrenton Appears to Have Ended

Site of proposed Oregon LNG export terminal. Photo by Tiffany Boothe. In surprising and extremely hopeful news, Oregon LNG has withdrawn its application to develop an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility on the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton. Oregon LNG informed both the city of Warrenton and the state's Department of Environmental Quality on Friday,...Read more
Sand Lake shoreline in new Sitka Sedge State Park. Photo by Jim Hauge.

Final Round of Hearings on New State Park Announced

Sand Lake shoreline in new Sitka Sedge State Park. Photo by Jim Hauge. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is closing in on a master plan for the coast’s newest state park. A third and final set of public hearings on the draft master plan for Sitka Sedge State Park, at Sand Lake north of Pacific City, is coming up in May. Oregon Shores,...Read more
Photo of Coos Bay's North Spit -- note North Bend airport runway in the distance, pointed at where the LNG tanks would have been built, by Alex Derr.

FERC Denies Permit for Jordan Cove LNG Export Facility at Coos Bay, but Promoters will Keep Trying

Coos Bay's North Spit, with North Bend airport runway in the distance, pointed at where the LNG tanks would have been built. Photo by Alex Derr. In a stunning development, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which very seldom turns down any energy facility permit application, has denied a permit for the Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export...Read more
Photo of Eagle perched on Sand Lake spit, by Jim Hauge.

Hearings Held on Plans for New State Park

Eagle perched on Sand Lake spit. Photo by Jim Hauge. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (aka "State Parks") is working on a plan for what will be known as the Sitka Sedge State Park on the former “Beltz Farm” property, acquired for the public and slated to become a largely natural state park. Two public hearings were held during January, one in Pacific...Read more

Rockaway Planning Commission Hears Another Appeal of Riprap Decision

Rental house threatened by erosion in Rockaway, after recent storms. Photo by Scott Gilbert. The controversial proposal for a major riprap installation in Rockaway came back into public view on Tuesday, Jan. 26, when the city’s planning commission held its second public hearing on the issue. Developer Tai Dang applied last year for permission to armor the...Read more
Photo of Eagle perched on Sand Lake spit, by Jim Hauge.

Update on Hearings for New State Park Announced

Eagle perched on Sand Lake spit. Photo by Jim Hauge. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has updated its plans for a second round of public meetings concerning the new state park to be developed on the Sand Lake spit. State Parks is working on a plan for what will be known as the Sitka Sedge State Park on the former “Beltz Farm” property, acquired for...Read more