An interesting aspect of practicing land use law is the intersect of policy and law. In Hood River, the question of affordable housing versus parks has come up. A recent Court of Appeals decision remanded the approved zone change from open space (parks) to high-density residential. In reversing and remanding the decision, the Court of Appeals found the City made an implausible interpretation of its own comprehensive plan.
This decision underscores the role land use law plays in the adoption and implementation of local government policies. In this case, the City likely identified a need for housing, but because the City did not properly apply its comprehensive plan, the appellate court instructed it to try again. The Hood River News discusses some of the policy issues in this editorial.
Will Van Vactor has practiced law for over a decade and serves clients throughout Oregon. Will's practice focuses on land use and real estate. He works hard to understand his clients' needs and to advocate on their behalf.
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