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$950K verdict in MCMC trial April 18, 2015
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.
Don't join. The Gorge Commission has a problem because it is a problem. Good idea to save the gorge but a bad idea to only act as code enforcers. The NSA was meant to be proactive with a vision. There is a lack of concern for individuals who need to express themselves artistically with their land. Instead we are confronted with a big black book of do not's. The minute a landowner takes a breathe in the NSA they violated some law. Honestly, I think most of these so called planners have a psychological need to be dictatorial. Don't join. That's how they set the hook.
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