Businesses appeal river plan

Portland Harbor businesses are appealing the newly adopted River Plan, claiming that it violates land use planning laws.

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Businesses in the Portland Harbor, including the Gunderson company, say that the newly-adopted River Plan violates land use planning laws that require balance of protecting both environmental and business concerns.

The Gunderson company filed a notice of challenge with the Land Use Board of Appeals on Monday.

The Working Water Coalition, an organization that represents Gunderson and other large employers in the harbor, also announced it will appeal the plan to LUBA on Tuesday afternoon.

The Portland City Council unanimously approved the River Plan last month. Among other things, the plan creates a new River Review for proposed construction projects in and along the harbor. The coalition claimed the review process would increase costs and make businesses in the harbor less competitive than businesses in other West Coast ports.

Read the whole story at the Portland Tribune.

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