Protect lives and land value
The Douglas County Planning Commissioners are in a difficult situation and deserve our appreciation for their voluntary public service to our community. I believe The News-Review’s editorial of Feb. 11 was correct in saying that rude behavior is an inappropriate manner to deal with disagreement. The editorial was also observant in saying that opponents of the LNG pipeline are very frustrated; in fact, we are extremely frustrated. Yes, the commission is bound by a narrow set of rules involving the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Program criteria.
What the editorial and news article after the hearing failed to mention is that many of us have spoken to those specific planning issues and done so in a polite, respectful manner for almost seven years now. In addition, we have submitted many documents to the Planning Commission addressing these very items. Our frustration comes in these points being ignored and not even discussed by the commission at the later meeting.
It is especially frustrating that Mr. Brosi, without having heard our reasonable and pertinent concerns, voted in favor of the pipeline before his vote was dismissed. He had not attended any of the open meetings nor reviewed submitted documentation. A heavy weight now falls upon his shoulders. He has agreed to review all of the testimony both oral and written by Feb. 20.
While I truly appreciate the amount of time given by of all of the Planning Commissioners, I want to hear a real discussion of how these changes to the original Coastal Zone Management Program affect the safety of the Douglas County families and forests. Protecting lives and the long range value of our land is the reason for Land Use Planning.