West Linn Planning Commission right to deny water plant expansion
To the Editor:
The West Linn City Planning Commission's seven experienced members got it right when they unanimously denied the applications submitted by the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership for a water treatment plant expansion and pipeline construction along Highway 43.
The commission rightly decided that these projects are not in West Linn's best interest and are not in conformity with our Community Development Code.
Please read the final decision on the city's website at westlinnoregon.gov/planning/construct-water-pipeline-mary-s-young-park-lake-oswego-water-treatment-plant-kenthorpe-way.
Additionally, seven West Linn neighborhood associations... all oppose this project along with the West Linn Riverfront Association.
The environmental group Waterwatch Oregon is litigating against Lake Oswego, and local members of Coastal Conservation Association and Trout Unlimited have also expressed opposition due to the negative environmental impact to the Clackamas River.
Businesses along Highway 43 and many West Linn residents are strongly against these projects due to the financial and personal harm that it will cause. Hundreds have spoken out.
These projects will severely impinge on West Linn's residents and businesses with no real benefits being provided to the community, in addition to not being in conformity with our Community Development Code.
The city Planning Commission clearly understood, and wisely and unanimously denied these applications.
We urge the City Council to listen to their experts on the city Planning Commission and also the voices of our neighborhood associations, other groups and our citizens by unanimously rejecting this proposal.