ASTORIA - The Clatsop County Planning Commission will accept written public testimony on Bradwood Landing LLC's application for multiple land-use permits and approvals for a proposed liquefied natural gas marine terminal and related facilities east of Astoria until 5 p.m. July 31.
Comments and evidence should be filed with the Clatsop County Community Development Department, 800 Exchange St., Suite 100, Astoria, OR 97103
The commission held open the record after hearing testimony from approximately 220 individuals during a hearing encompassing 17 hours on July 10 and July 17.
In addition to this extended public comment period, Oregon law permits participants in this proceeding to respond to evidence in the public record. The deadline for those responses is 5 p.m. Aug. 7.
Then, as provided by Oregon Revised Statute 197.763(6)(e), Bradwood Landing has until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, to submit final written arguments in support of its application. At that time, the official record will be closed and no additional testimony will be accepted.
The Planning Commission will reconvene its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. in the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria. At this meeting, the Planning Commission will deliberate and make a tentative recommendation and direct staff to prepare the findings of facts and conclusions of law to support its recommendation. The panel will also set the date and location of a subsequent meeting at which it will review the findings and conclusions and adopt its final recommendation to the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners.
Bradwood landing must obtain permits and approvals from various state agencies and from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in addition to the county. The consolidated application submitted to Clatsop County deals only with county policies and ordinance requirements. The county's review does not address state and federal regulations or requirements, except to the extent they involved the county's comprehensive plan and land-use regulations. The review is limited to compliance the county's land-use plan and zoning regulations and is specific to the site of the proposed LNG marine terminal, pipeline and related facilities. It does not address issues such as LNG carrier traffic on the river that state and federal agencies will handle.