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Dispute centers on LOs water treatment plant in West Linn



The Lake Oswego City Council has agreed to a settlement with a group of property owners snarling plans to expand the city’s water treatment plant, which is located in West Linn.

The council unanimously approved the agreement at its meeting Tuesday night, after an executive session held to discuss property transactions and litigation.

The settlement, reached in mediation sessions with the owners of four properties in West Linn, calls for Lake Oswego to give $4,000 per lot to the owners as well as $8,000 to compensate for their legal fees. In addition, it calls for an agreement stating that the project, after being approved by the West Linn Planning Commission, won’t expand beyond the approved design’s footprint.

In January, the city of Lake Oswego filed eminent domain proceedings in Clackamas County Circuit Court in hopes of removing covenants and restrictions on four properties it owns in West Linn.

The restrictions, known as CC&Rs, limit development on those parcels to single-family homes, but Lake Oswego wants to use the land to expand its water treatment plant and provide water to Tigard.

The city began by offering property owners $1,000 each to agree to waive the restrictions. Lacking enough signatures to secure a waiver, city representatives took on 50 property owners in court who had refused to sign off on the waiver.

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