HB 2796 VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2796
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/HAGLU/Overview
This bill requires Department of State Lands to permit housing developments in low impact wetlands.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Wetlands that do not contribute to responsible habitat should be reconsidered for housing development.
Allows better utilization of marginal wetlands and expands housing as needed.
Removes government protection of wetlands that do not contribute to good habitat.
Upon deciding to locate to Oregon for our retirement on of our options was to build us a forever home. One piece of property was very nice except for one thing, it had what was described as a seasonal lake. The property was 1.75 acres and with the setasides, for the seasonal lake ( wetlands ) we could not even use and 1/8 of an acre. Needless to say, that project died.
Common sense can make this workable. Seasonal lake designations just mean’s a low spot in the property more times than not.
“Degraded wetlands” should be restored and put to good use, such as housing.