Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Columbia River Gorge Commission is considering a proposed amendment to the Management Plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The proposed amendment would create new policies and guidelines to allow conversion of an existing industrial complex -- specifically, the former Broughton Mill property, at Hood, west of Underwood -- to a recreation resort as a new review use in the "Commercial Recreation" land use designation.
A formal 30-day public comment period for the controversial plan amendment started on Aug. 31 and will end on Oct. 1. The end of this comment period begins a 60-day phase in the process where the "Director's Report" is prepared.
The executive director of the CRGC will produce a report on the proposed amendment by Nov. 30. Written comments should address whether the proposed amendment is consistent with the purposes and standards of the Scenic Area Act, the criteria in Section 6(h) of the Scenic Area Act, and Commission Rule 350-50. The CRGC also welcomes suggestions and comments about the proposed text.
Comments may be mailed to the CRGC's office, P.O. Box 730, White Salmon, Wash., 98672, or e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Columbia River Gorge Commission has tentatively scheduled a hearing on the proposed amendment for Dec. 11.
The proposed changes to the Management Plan text are available for viewing on the CRGC Web site: http://gorgecom-mission.org/activepa.cfm; or at the CRGC office, No. 1 Town & Country Square, White Salmon, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.