I have attended the hearings, read the documents and listened to the arguments by the representatives of Lake Oswego and Tigard for why this project should be approved. I have also listened to the representatives of the neighborhoods and residents of the city who will be affected by this massive construction project. In listening to these arguments there is a tendency for the details of the project to obscure the three central issues that are at its heart.

First, Tigard wants to pay less for its water than it currently pays for Portland’s Bull Run water. There is plenty of water available. Tigard wants cheaper water.

Second, Lake Oswego wants additional water to develop the Stafford area, an action that directly contradicts West Linn policy.

Third, the cost and negative impacts on the Robinwood neighborhood and homeowners, as well as disruption of Highway 43 to the residents and businesses of West Linn are severe and long term. The reasons the project should be denied are well documented by Norm King and others.

The West Linn Planning Commission got it right by unanimously denying this project. I urge every member of the West Linn City Council to do the same.

Robert E. McCarthy

West Linn

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