Rural events venue tied up in dispute

Rural events venue tied up in dispute

For couples seeking an idyllic place to tie the knot, Peggy and Mark Shrives’ home on the Coast Fork of the Willamette River may be just the thing. But their fledgling business also has some neighbors tied in knots, and not the nice kind.

The Shriveses’ property, a parcel zoned for forestry on Sears Road between Creswell and Cottage Grove, has become the latest flash point in the ongoing debate over rural development in Oregon. Where the Shriveses see a pastoral outdoor backdrop for big weddings, anniversaries and the like, some neighbors see a crowded and noisy business out of place with its quiet rural surroundings.

The business has split the neighborhood, with some nearby residents supporting the couple and others opposed.

Read more in today's Register Guard.