Clatsop Plains plan
The board approved the North Clatsop Plains Sub-Area Plan. The plan implements strategies developed by the 2012 Joint Land-Use Study, a cooperative project between Clatsop County, the Oregon Military Department and other partners aimed at reducing existing and potential conflicts between Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center and surrounding areas.
The sub-area plan and accompanying comprehensive plan and land-use ordinance amendments address development, open space, natural and ecological features, water quality, traffic access and trails and recreation. The amendments establish an overlay zone in the North Clatsop Plains Area that maintains existing density limits, encourages clustered development and applies noise-attenuation construction standards.
Oregon Pipeline appeal
The board voted to direct the county’s land-use legal counsel to file a cross-appeal with the Oregon Court of Appeals regarding a challenge filed recently by Oregon Pipeline Company LLC against two rulings from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals. On June 27 LUBA remanded the Oregon Pipeline’s land-use application back to the county based on its finding that Commissioner Peter Huhtala was not impartial when he voted with the majority of the board to withdraw the county’s original approval of the application for reconsideration and to later reject it.
In other business the board:
-Granted a 3.5-percent salary raise to County Manager Scott Somers following his annual performance review. The raise is in addition to a 2.13-percent cost-of-living increase and brings Somers’ salary to $127,416.