Speaking for Beaumont-Wilshire Citizens for Responsible Growth, Margaret Davis told the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association Board at its December meeting that the City of Portland appears to be ignoring a November order by the State Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) regarding the Beaumont Village Apartments.
Davis said that LUBA remanded the building permit to the City to correct the placement of a dry well for the project site. “LUBA said the well was four feet out of code…but the City ruled the dry well was just fine.” She said the city ruling came at an unannounced meeting on December 26th and characterized the city action as, “…spending taxpayer dollars to defend an out-of-code project.”
Construction of the four-story building on Northeast Fremont Street between 44th and 45th avenues continued during January with the structure being completely wrapped and some finishing touches being applied.
She said the city’s actions raise the question of what enforcement tools the state has over city decisions that run contrary to LUBA final decisions.