The Clatsop County Planning Commission will meet all day and into the night July 10 to accept public testimony on the proposed liquefied natural gas marine terminal at Bradwood Landing.

The commission will hold a public hearing on Bradwood Landing LLC's application for permits and land-use approvals in three sessions in the Astoria High School auditorium, 1001 W. Marine Drive. The hearing will run from 10 a.m. to noon, resume at 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and resume again at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"We understand that there are many people in our county and in other communities who are very interested in this application, and we are doing our best to give all who want the opportunity to express their opinions," county Community Development Director Ed Wegner said. "By scheduling the hearing at different times of the day, we are hoping to accommodate people's varying schedules, especially by offering an evening hearing for people who work during the day.

"The high school auditorium seats some 700 people, which is far more than the commission's usual meeting site can accommodate."

The Planning Commission will be considering Bradwood Landing's application for permits and land-use approvals to develop an LNG marine terminal, pipeline and related facilities at the former mill site on the Columbia River 20 miles east of Astoria. Much of the site is planned and zoned for marine industrial uses.

However, Bradwood Landing is seeking several amendments to the county's comprehensive land use plan to enlarge the area zoned for marine industrial uses and to dredge areas of the river so large LNG carriers can dock and unload at the proposed storage and distribution facility. A proposed pipeline from Bradwood would carry natural gas to the Williams Northwest interstate pipeline near Kelso, Wash., for distribution.

The seven-member Planning Commission will recommend to the county Board of Commissioners what action to take on the application.

People can submit comments in writing to the commission before or at the hearing by e-mail to (comdev@co.clatsop.or.us), by fax to 338-3668 or by mail to Clatsop County Planning Commission, Community Development Department, 800 Exchange St., Ste. 100, Astoria, OR 97103. Written material must be received by 5 p.m. June 29 to be distributed to the Planning Commission before the hearing. The county asks that 10 copies of all written material be submitted for distribution to the planning commission and staff.

The county is soliciting proposals from consultants with expertise in LNG-related public safety issues to evaluate and make recommendations regarding the Bradwood project. Although that study is scheduled to be completed by the end of July, information from the analysis will be incorporated into a detailed report that staff is preparing on the project's compliance with the comprehensive land-use plan and ordinances. The staff report will be available to the public at least 10 days prior to the hearing and will be available on the county's web site at (www.co.clatsop.or.us) or from the Community Development Department.

The county has distributed copies of Bradwood Landing's original and supplemental applications to public libraries in Astoria, Seaside, Warrenton, Clatskanie and Cathlamet, Wash., and Knappa High School. Bradwood Landing has posted information on the proposed development on its Web site at (www.bradwoodlanding.com/project_status.htm)

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