An application to develop two homesites on the Hayes Farm in Joseph was withdrawn due to a dispute with a neighbor. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)
Developers need time to refine their plan
JOSEPH — A plan to develop two partitioned lots on the Hayes Farm in Joseph was withdrawn last week when a negotiation could not be reached with a neighbor appealing the permit.
Last May, Wallowa County Planning Director Harold Black approved the permit to build two homesites on the Hayes Farm under a state law known as Measure 49. The decision was appealed by John Lenahan to the county’s planning commission which upheld Black’s decision in September 2013. It was then appealed to the County Board of Commissioners, which upheld the decision in February. Lenahan then appealed to the state’s Land Use Board of Appeals in April.
On April 10, at the request of Eastern Oregon Property Developers, the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners filed a Notice of Withdrawal of Decision for Reconsideration with the board of appeals.
LUBA granted the reconsideration for a period of 90 days, until last Wednesday.
For the full story, see Monday's issue of The Observer