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Letters and comments for March 24, 2011

Letters and comments for March 24, 2011

Affects property value

To the Editor:

I attended the Union County Board of Commissioners hearing last Thursday regarding the contested home occupation conditional zoning permit given to Oregon Trail Transport LLC for the purpose of running their trucking company from residential zoned property on Buchanan Lane.

Even though I’m a real estate broker, it doesn’t take a license to figure out that the Stevenses’ and Clemenses’ property values have been substantially affected by the trucking company next door. Regardless if the property is well maintained and the drivers are courteous, potential buyers will expect residences in a residential zone, not a commercial truck operation.

Why should the Stevenses and Clemenses have to sacrifice the enjoyment and value of their property in favor of their neighbor’s non-conforming land use? Why did the Island City Council put the burden of appeal on the property owners who built their dream homes in a residential zoning instead of making the company comply with the laws?

The Observer article had a somewhat misleading subtitle. “Emotionally-charged case features accusations” does not describe the thoughtful, fact-filled evidence presented by the Stevenses and Clemenses. Both parties cited the Island City Development Code point by point then clearly articulated the non-conforming aspects of the trucking operation.

Emotionally charged? Yes, on a very personal scale, as all three of the property owners testified that they were good friends in the past. What a shame that they have been pitted against each other instead of the rules being judiciously executed.

I encourage anyone with an interest in property owner rights/land use and zoning laws to review the Island City staff report regarding file No. 2010-02 Fregulia Home Occupation then plan on attending the April 20 commissioners meeting.

Read about the effort the Stevenses took to develop their property by going to The Observer website and searching in the archived feature stories under portraits, “Building a Dream House Brick by Brick.”

Toni Burton

La Grande

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