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Land Use Board Temporarily Halts EWEB Tree Removal In South Eugene

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, or LUBA, has issued a stay to Eugene Water & Electric’s water storage project in South Eugene.

Petitioners with Save EWEB Forest had requested the stay with a notice of intent to appeal EWEB’S erosion prevention permit, issued by the city of Eugene. The utility plans to build two 7.5 million gallon water storage tanks at the wooded 10-acre site at 40th and Patterson. But their plan has been met with protest by residents who don’t want the trees, some of them very old, to be cut down. In the order, LUBA said, quote:

“Based on petitioners’ motion for stay, the Board grants an interim stay of the portion of the city’s decision that authorizes the destruction of trees.”

EWEB started tree cutting Monday morning and was told to stop work by the afternoon. An EWEB spokesperson said the utility followed all land use and permitting requirements under City of Eugene code. He added the tree cutting was almost finished when the stay halted their work. The City of Eugene and EWEB have a week to respond to LUBA’s stay.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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