The city of Warrenton is facing rapid growth and a housing shortage. Development practices of the past, consisting of a handshake and a wink, can no longer be tolerated.

The preservation of locally significant wetlands and valued natural resources, which makes the greater Clatsop Plains area attractive to residents and visitors alike, are at risk. The pending Clear Lake Development proposed by Sandridge Construction should have been held accountable to meet city, county and state requirements prior submitting their proposal.

The Planning Commission erred in their decision to preliminarily approve the development. The developer’s history of wetland violations, factual inaccuracies of supporting documents, the lack of proper permits and incomplete information were not considered. Two members of the Planning Commission were absent from the meetings where the development proposal was reviewed.

Responsible development and sustainable conservation should go hand-in-hand. We ask the Warrenton City Commission to overturn the Planning Commission’s decision and deny the development at their June 25 meeting. It’s time to send a message that a handshake must be earned.

Smith Lake Improvement Inc. Board

NANCY LEDGERWOOD

SANDY TAGLIAVENTO

KAY BARTHOLOMEW

TERRY STEVENS

Warrenton

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