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Parker, city at it again

The city of Lake Oswego continued its joust with luxury home developer Jeff Parker Dec. 4, ticketing Parker for violations to the city's tree and building codes.

The incident halted construction at Parker's personal home at 1500 North Shore Road and will now inspire another round of revisions to building and tree-protection plans.

Those revisions appeared to be over in October, when the city of Lake Oswego allowed Parker to remove a tree root and connect the east and west ends of his 13,000-square-foot home with a driveway.

Parker asked to remove five trees to make way for the driveway last summer, a request that inflamed detractors upset over the scale of his home and its possible impacts to trees and lake views.

Public hearings were scheduled for fall and threatened to cue a recap of heated debate that culminated in 2006. But Parker ultimately withdrew four trees from the request and settled for a city decision that allowed him to remove the root of a single tree and clear a path for the driveway.

Though the city's decision appeared to end the five-year saga over the construction of the home - one plagued by neighborhood protests, fines for myriad violations and even a restraining order to protect trees - problems surfaced again last week.

On Dec. 4 Parker was issued $1,100 in fines related to violations for the still-standing trees on the lot and construction on the site was halted.

The violations include dumping materials in a tree protection area, allowing construction in a tree protection area and constructing a retaining wall taller than four feet without a permit.

Parker must now either pay the fines or appeal them to the Lake Oswego Municipal Court.

In a letter to Parker delivered by a city code enforcement specialist, he has been barred from continuing construction on the site until a revised tree protection plan is approved by the city.

Parker must also revise a building permit application to include a retaining wall now being constructed at his lakefront home. He declined to comment for this story.