The Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P. asked the county's Planning Department for a text amendment request, which concerned Eminent Domain. I support the LNG, but stealing private property for private business is morally reprehensible. None of the resolutions passed by different organizations in support of LNG did not have a word about eminent domain, so the company did not promote the idea.
Of course, the power of seizing property is in the hands of government and that it is why we need local representatives who are working for the people, not special interests, like incumbent county commissioners, John Sweet & Melissa Cribbins. Read the questions and comments at the bottom of the post. Remember to VOTE. Gurney & Rowe in 2014......Rob T.
From: Cameron La Follette <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:40 AM
Subject: Eminent Domain & Land Use Applications
I asked the Dept. of Land Conservation and Development whether it is permissible for Coos County to change its ordinance allowing land use applications to be filed without the landowner's signature as part of an eminent domain proceeding. See the DLCD response below: the Coos County proposal is not allowed under existing state law. A landowner's signature is required before an applicant can file a land use application as part of eminent domain.
I have attached the Coos County Notice withdrawing the proposed ordinance change, so everyone has it. Note it says that Jordan Cove will submit an amended application in the future. I have notified DLCD of this, so they are aware this problem may continue. Please let me know if you hear that Coos County, working with Jordan Cove, does submit an amended application seeking to increase eminent domain powers.
This email from DLCD is public, and you may share it with others who also have concerns.
Cameron La Follette
Land Use Director
Oregon Coast Alliance
P.O. Box 857
Astoria, OR 97103
Subject: question re local land use applications
Date: May 15, 2014 10:10:26 AM PDT
To: "Cameron La Follette (email@example.com)"
You asked whether a county may adopt an ordinance to permit someone other than a landowner to apply for a land use action on the landowner’s property where eminent domain is an issue. The following statutory provisions apply to land use applications in counties: ORS 215.416(1) “When required or authorized by the ordinances, rules and regulations of a county, an owner of land may apply in writing to such persons as the governing body designates, for a permit, in the manner prescribed by the governing body.” We read this provision to require the written signature of a landowner on all land use applications to counties, even if otherwise represented by a consultant or other person. Our understanding is that where a proposal for eminent domain is contested by the owner, only the courts can grant actual eminent domain and facilitate transfer of the property ownership for the fixed price in the judicial proceeding to the applicant. Until the applicant actually takes title to the property, the applicant is not the "owner" and therefore cannot submit a land use application without the existing owner's permission. I hope this provides helpful clarification on the matter.
Katherine Daniels, AICP | Farm and Forest Lands Specialist
Community Services Division
Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
635 Capitol Street NE, Suite 150 | Salem, OR 97301-2540
Direct: (503) 934-0069 | Main: (503) 373-0050 | Fax: (503) 378-5518
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.oregon.gov/LCD
I'm sorry, I hit the send button too quickly on that one. Let's examine my appointment:
1. I have been a consistent supporter of private property rights.
2. My roots are in rural Oregon, and I have always worked to bring a rural perspective to land use issues.
3. I am an attorney, and I understand land use law - and some of its shortcomings.
Now, given all that, how is that an attack on your land use rights? How is this anything but positive for Coos County, Mike?
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