March 20, 2013 | Oregonlive.com-- Late last month, Richmond neighborhood residents celebrated a land-use victory that halted a lightning rod apartment project with 81 units and no off-street parking. The permit, city development officials told residents, was void.
But city attorneys decided a few days later that wasn't the case, and on Tuesday the developer of the project submitted revisions to comply with the earlier land-use board ruling. It doesn't include the car parking neighbors wanted.
Neighborhood groups say they were never told about the legal change of heart, and the timing may have cost them the chance to press the issue with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.
"We're all pretty shocked," said Judah Gold-Markel, a representative of Richmond Neighbors for Responsible Growth, which had opposed the development. "None of us knew anything about this. It seems to have been done in one of the least transparent processes that I've ever come across."
Neighbors had appealed the decision to grant the permit based on four issues, including the location of the main entrance for the residential units. The board rejected READ FULL ARTICLE