|Curry: Harbor Hills|
| Oct 9 2011 -- Oct 29 2011 Oregon Shores Seeks to Keep Harbor Hills Free of MUMPs|
Curry County CourthouseOver the past five years, Curry County has been rather glacially drafting a Mixed Use Master Plan (MUMP) ordinance. Now that the process has hit the front burner and a plan is out for review, Oregon Shores is taking a stand. While we donít reject the MUMP concept as a whole, we vigorously oppose extending it to the vulnerable Harbor Hills south of Brookings.
A public hearing on the new draft of the MUMPs ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners' Hearing Room of the countyís Courthouse Annex, located at 94235 E. Moore Street in Gold Beach.
Curry County has posted materials related to MUMPs on their Public Services web page.
The purpose of the ordinance is to promote mixed land uses like those found in some urban areas, where ground floor units are in commercial use with residential units above. While mixed use planning most certainly has benefits in urban areas, Oregon Shores questions its appropriateness in rural areas like Curry County. Particularly disturbing is the likelihood that this zone will be applied to the Harbor Hills area above Brookings-Harbor. The hills are cut by rapidly moving landslides and are the source of the aquifer for the Harbor Bench agricultural area, the source of most of the world's lily and hydrangea stock.
Oregon Shores' comments to the commissioners will focus on specific changes to protect natural resources and features and to include enforceable requirements for compliance and approval. Along with our local partners, the Harbor Community Action Committee, we will ask the commissioners to delineate the Harbor Hills as a special area of environmental concern, with MUMP-style development excluded. The current version of the ordinance fails to address the Harbor Hills Special Plan Area, an area of environmental concern identified in the Brookings-Curry County Joint Management Agreement.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 238-4450, or EMAIL
| Jun 11 2009 -- Jul 10 2009 Curry County Schedules Hearing on Harbor Hills|
Harbor Hills is a hilly area south of the town of Brookings in Curry County. In 1996 some 3,000 acres of it was added to the Brookings Urban Growth Boundary. However, nothing has been built or even planned for since that time, due principally to the topography of the area. Many of the hills are steeply sloped, and the soils are fragile. Any soil disturbance of the sort required for development ...
| Nov 1 2007 -- Jan 1 2008 Brookings Harbor Hills Update|
Curry County, November, 2007: The Harbor Hills area east of Brookings continues to be a controversial area for development. These hills were added to the Brookings Urban Growth Boundary in 1996 after a lengthy court battle, which culminated in a Court of Appeals decision. However, because the face of the hills is steep and unstable, and lily bulb farmers below were vulnerable to severe stormwater ...