In the continuing saga of the proposed new Costco store project on U.S. Highway 101 in Warrenton, the Warrenton City Commission voted last month to comply with a decision by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).

The appeal was filed by Martin Nygaard, who owns property adjacent to the business park.

The business park property, slated for the new Costco store, is currently owned by Atlin Investments, of Seattle. The company purchased the property from Clatsop County. A previous city decision changed the zoning on the property from industrial to commercial.

"What LUBA remanded to the city was that the finding about the transportation planning rules needed more findings and conditions," said Warrenton City Planner Carol Parker. "It also stated who would be financially responsible."

Atlin Investments has agreed to pay for transportation improvements. Parker said the next step is for the company to submit a site design application.

"We have to finish this process," Parker said. "The site design will specify the location of the building and all the amenities there."

The process could be further delayed, Parker said, if Nygaard follows through with his intention to file another LUBA appeal.

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