The West Linn City Council will soon be voting on permits for a Lake Oswego-Tigard (LOT) water plant to be built in the Robinwood neighborhood. An unseen consequence of approval of this very complicated project would be allowing LOT to provide water for development in Stafford.

References to needing water for Stafford can be found on 13 pages of the Carollo report, the foundational engineering study which justifies the need for increasing Lake Oswego’s take from the Clackamas from 16 million gallons a day to 38 million gallons a day. More recently, LOT’s application to the Oregon Water Resources Board also mentions water for Stafford. Finally, they admitted in testimony before the West Linn Planning Commission that two million gallons a day of water from their new plant would go to development in Stafford. This was one reason the planning commission voted 7-0 to deny the project application.

In West Linn’s comprehensive plan, council goal nine clearly states opposition to urbanization of the Stafford triangle and promotes policies retaining that area as a rural buffer between West Linn and its neighbors.

The choice is obvious: West Linn’s City Council must vote to deny the LOT water plant project.

Tom Sieben

Mapleton Drive

Contract Publishing

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