The Brookings City Council quickly approved an ordinance adopting revisions to its comprehensive plan amending the Urban Growth Boundary at its final scheduled meeting of the year 2000 earlier this week.

The action followed several public hearings held jointly by the city and Curry County Commissioners. The commission has not yet made a final decision at its level.

The revision of the UGB began in 1992 when the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development ordered the city to complete a coordinated plan for the Brookings-Harbor area.

Task One of the periodic review work program approved by DLCD July 23, 1993, was for the city and county to adopt an amended Urban Growth Boundary with, supportive findings, and adopt a city and county UGB management agreement.

In August 1995, the city adopted an amended UGB policy and a joint management agreement. The amended UGB was reviewed by DLCD and remand items was returned to the city of Brookings and Curry County in January 1996.

The remand order was appealed to the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC), which reviewed the DLCD order and remanded it to the city and county with amendments in April 1996.

The LCDC order was appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeals by Brookings resident Fred Hummel, 1000 Friends of Oregon and others.

In February 1998, the Oregon Court of Appeals remanded the order to the city and county with six remand items.

The city and county planning staffs prepared amendments to the comprehensive plan to address the remand issues and held public hearings on the amendments on Nov. 8 and 28, 2000.

The six remand issues included:

The size of commercial acreage in the UGB;

Policies concerning water withdrawal from the Chetco River and fish resources;

Withdrawal of the Ashcraft and Itzen parcels as unsuitable for farm use;

Recognition of the Harbor Bench Farm District and related overlay zone;

Until a public facilities plan is adopted, no land will be rezoned from the existing designation to an urban land designation.

City Attorney John Trew read Ordinance No. 00-O-540 in full and again by title only. The ordinance was adopted unanimously by the city council.