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County revokes Viewpoint InnÛsÿÌãÌ«s conditional-use permit

In a decision dated Monday, Sept. 17, Multnomah County revoked the conditional-use permit that allowed the Viewpoint Inn to operate.

According to the document signed by hearings officer Liz Fancher, “The parties agreed that the conditional use permit was no longer valid because it was discontinued for a period of one year.”

In an earlier Outlook story, the county attorney wrote that the owners had not operated the inn as a commercial business for more than a year and had failed to meet all the standards of protecting it.

Brooks Foster, an attorney representing Geoff Thompson, the inn’s owner, and Angelo Simione, his domestic and business partner, acknowledged that the inn had not operated as a commercial establishment for more than a year, but declined to discuss what his comments at the Sept. 14 hearing would be.

Friends of the Columbia Gorge, the environmental advocacy group that was involved in Thompson’s initial legal issues for opening the inn, had written to the county in support of not having the inn’s permit renewed.

Nathan Baker, a staff attorney for Friends of the Columbia Gorge, had said it would be up to the inn’s current or future owners to file another land-use permit for the inn, either for commercial or residential use.



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