Northwest News
6:44 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Development Ban Lifted Causing Conservation Groups To Sue

RICHLAND, Wash. – Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against county commissioners on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. The Skamania County commissioners have lifted a development moratorium.

Michael Lang is with the conservation group Friends of the Columbia Gorge. He says lifting the ban would allow development on several thousand acres of forestland.

Lang: “What it creates is really a free-for-all environment, where any land use, and construction, any development is allowed outright. It’s allowed without any public review.”

Commissioner Paul Pearce says Skamania County followed the law when it lifted the ban. He says the move is part of a larger plan to zone more land for future development.

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