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UGB plans may be stalled again
The City of La Grande’s efforts to expand its Urban Growth Boundary and rezone lands for industrial use may be stalled once again.
For seven years, the city has sought to answer needs found in its Goal 9 analysis, which found that La Grande needed to take in about 200 acres.
After changing locations once, the city is running into more roadblocks.
Union County Commissioners said Wednesday they would not adopt the ordinances the city needs to exchange and rezone land near the Union County Airport amid questions and concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration.
FAA concerns deal with the overlay zone by the airport, which requires a 5,000-foot perimeter for water impoundments.
Union County Planning Director Hanley Jenkins said the FAA indicated it could be possible to apply mitigating measures to the overlay zone rather than a prohibition on water impoundments. Jenkins said the FAA also recommended that the county update the airport’s master plan, which has not been revised since 1998. The plan is usually revised every 10 years.
Commissioners said if the FAA suggests they address water impoundments in conjunction with updating the plan, that is what they need to do, especially before moving forward with the exchange and rezoning of lands.
“We have to have the cooperation of the FAA,” Commissioner Steve McClure said.
Commissioner Bill Rosholt said the relationship with FAA is vital to the airport’s growth.
“We don’t want to stay status quo on that airport,” he said.
Union County Public Works Director Doug Wright said updating the plan would probably take more than a year.
“I know it’s frustrating to the City of La Grande,” McClure said. “I encourage (Wright) to expedite the process.”
La Grande City Planner Mike Boquist told commissioners that waiting to have the plan updated would be better than having to find a new location.
“It’s been a very expensive effort,” he said. Boquist said the city has spent more than $300,000 on the long-term project and much of that work would need to be re-done if they have to pick a new site.
County commissioners will continue the hearing on the matter at 11 a.m. Sept. 18.