LUBA Affirms Morrison Park Rezone

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals has affirmed a City of Hood River decision to rezone Morrison Park at 20th and Wasco from open space/public facilities to high-density residential development.  The City Council approved the rezoning in May of last year.  An appeal to LUBA claimed a pair of errors by the City in that decision.  One argued allowing the rezoning violated a municipal land use goal calling for parks to be protected from incompatible uses, and that the City’s housing strategy used as a basis for the Council decision was not a part of the comprehensive plan and could not be relied on in that decision.  But in a final opinion and order issued by LUBA on Friday, those arguments were denied, and the City’s decision affirmed.   Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation has begun planning work for an affordable housing project on the site.

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