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Klickitat county questions funding Gorge Commission planner

The Gorge Commission asked Klickitat County to dedicate its own full-time planner to scenic area land use applications in the county, plus pay $37,000 for a half-time gorge Commission planner to do the same...

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Nick 4 years, 9 months ago

The idea to create the national scenic gorge act was okay. However every politician supported language injected into the NSA to ensure urban areas would not be victimized by federal aggression. However, it has come to pass their fears are realized. First the boundary lines were arbitrarily drawn on a map by a college student. Straight lines separated urban areas from the NSA lands. However nature does not create cliffs and stream areas in straight lines. So landscapes were chopped into ridiculous boundary lines separating the urban areas from the NSA lands. I know because I am the victim of such a division.

To get it right means I have to hire a surveyor, perhaps an attorney, and go through a long process that might as well end up being ignored. My neighbor went through the process and they did eventually rule that it followed the base of the cliff line and not a straight line through existing housing parcels.

However a gorge representative showed up on my door step to inform me the line was straight and that the neighbor's ruling would not apply to my property unless I went through the same process. I said; "Well you drew the line arbitrarily dividing my land and it should be your obligation to make sure you got it right, not mine." They partially agreed but said they did not have the funds to do that and that I would have to pay all the costs and go through the process. Essentially they ignored the precedent of their own ruling just a year before involving the same line in the same location. In law, this is called "ad hoc" and basically is ruled as being arbitrary and capricious by the courts. But then they act under federal authority and can do no wrong and it will cost you a fortune to prove otherwise..

So according to the Gorge Commission the line is still a straight running right through the middle of an urban parcel of land, with public water, PUD poles, a public sewer system and through a county sewer plant instead of following the natural curve of the base of a 200' cliff. This is federal aggression. Klickitat County would do good to just stay away from the barbed hook of unwarranted federal aggression. Klickitat Commissioners, please do not partner with the Gorge Commission and give up on common sense.


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