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Oregon City loses biomass deal

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High Five
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Community opposition to a proposed S & H Logging biomass site in Oregon City forced the developers to look for an alternate location.

However, few industrial sites large enough are available in the Portland metro area, casting doubt on the progression of the development.

S & H Logging in July submitted a plan to Clackamas County to build a composting and biodiesel facility, where renewable diesel would be made from wood waste trucked to the project site at 20565 S. Redland Road. Since that time, county planning commission meetings have been packed with community members claiming the facility is an illegal use under the state zoning code. While the facility being proposed is industrial in nature, the site the company purchased is zoned for timber and agricultural use, according to Gary Hewitt, senior planner with the Clackamas County Planning Division.

The company originally purchased the site on Redland Road thinking it could get a conditional-use permit for the project. While S & H would have preferred an industrial site, S & H spokesman William Gehr said it couldn’t find one large enough. Now, with hundreds of project opponents crowding planning commission meetings, Gehr said he thinks it’s highly unlikely his project will move forward in Oregon City. S & H Logging on Monday asked the county to withdraw its application for the project, Hewitt said.

Read more at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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