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|Thursday, May 01, 2008|
STATEWIDE The Big Look task force plans to hold 27 separate meetings in June. It’s a frenetic pace that the group — which has been stymied by an eight-month enforced hiatus in 2007 and limited funding — will maintain for rest of the year as it takes on what has been called the most important business issue in Oregon: recommending changes to the state’s dated land-use planning system to the 2009 legislative session.
Members of the task force — such as Jill Gelineau, a land-use lawyer at Portland’s Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, and Gretchen Palmer with Bend’s Palmer Home Sales — are optimistic they can complete their monumental task in the final six months of this year. But they also acknowledge the process — primarily public input — will suffer due to the limited time and funding.
Big Look was created by Gov. Ted Kulongoski in 2006. Its funding was yanked early last year until voters had a chance to weigh in on Measure 49. It was refunded — albeit with $200,000 less than the group requested — in the special legislative session. Now the clock is ticking.
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