West Linn council likely to hear case in January

The Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership has filed an appeal of the West Linn Planning Commission’s denial of its proposed water treatment plant and pipeline upgrades.

“We believe our proposal is fully consistent with West Linn’s Water Master Plan, Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the Robinwood Neighborhood Plan,” said Edward Sullivan, an attorney for the partnership. “In every instance our project advances these, bringing significant benefits to every West Linn citizen.”

Lake Oswego, the managing partner in an agreement to share drinking water facilities with Tigard, needs conditional use permits to expand and enhance its treatment plant and install a bigger pipeline. The project will help Lake Oswego meet evolving water needs and requirements and provide the capacity to serve Tigard.

Lake Oswego officials say the projects will also benefit West Linn, which has a connection to Lake Oswego’s system for an emergency water supply.

“West Linn has water problems. We have water problems,” Lake Oswego Mayor Jack Hoffman said. “Our project helps all three cities solve their problems in the most cost-effective way.”

Lake Oswego’s treatment plant and pipelines have been located in West Linn for 45 years, according to the city of Lake Oswego.

“Regional cooperation through partnerships is an asset,” Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen said. “Without it, none of us could afford the quality, basic services essential for our quality of life and job growth.”

The West Linn City Council is slated to consider the appeal in January.

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