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Lyn Brock's speech May 14, 2004 to
House Interim Committee on Land Use Review, followed
by Brock's meeting notes.
My name is Lyn Brock. My husband and I farm in the Bonanza / Langell
Valley area. I am distressed that the State of Oregon would consider
siting a huge power plant on land that is zoned for exclusive farm use.
I believe the State should consider which laws are applicable to deny
the siting if the siting is not in the best interests of the residents.
I believe what is happening is that our politicians are trying to find a
way to interpret the laws to, to MANIPULATE the laws, to be able to site
this facility against the wishes of the constituents of Oregon
especially the constituents of Langell Valley.
As an example I will mention ORS 215.283:
215.283 Uses permitted in exclusive farm use zones in nonmarginal lands
counties. (1) The following uses may be established in any area zoned
for exclusive farm use:
(a) Public or private schools, including all buildings essential
to the operation of a school.
(b) Churches and cemeteries in conjunction with churches.
(c) The propagation or harvesting of a forest product.
(d) Utility facilities necessary for public service, including
wetland waste treatment systems but not including commercial facilities
for the purpose of generating electrical power for public use by sale or
transmission towers over 200 feet in height. A utility facility
necessary for public service may be established as provided in ORS 215.275.
The intent would appear to be that services necessary for a rural town
need to be sited and therefore might be allowable on land zoned for
exclusive farm use. Towns do require land on which to site schools and
churches and cemeteries. If the town of Bonanza needed a power plant
to meet the needs for power for the town, the surrounding residences, or
the farm uses, then a power plant should be allowable. That seems to be
the intent of this law. It also seems that the intent is that
"commercial facilities for the purpose of generating electrical power
for public use by sale" do NOT belong in an area zoned for exclusive
I believe that the State of Oregon and its legislators and all its
agencies should apply these laws for the purpose of enforcing what is
best for the life and health and the wishes of the citizens of the area
not for economic development that is inappropriate or contrary to the
wishes of the citizens.
Melyn M. "Lyn" Brock
May 14, House Interim Committee on
Land Use Review, meeting held in Klamath Falls
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