Save Chehalem Mountain

Newsletter Update 4/26/22

Hello Neighbors, and happy spring!

It is a beautiful time in our community to celebrate new growth, and get geared up for warm weather. Thank you for being a part of our community and our cause. As always, we are humbled by your support and it is one of the primary reasons we are able to maintain this platform for the sustainable use of resources on our aquifer. We have been doing a lot of work in the background from several angles and with the help and support of other local entities. We are looking forward to catching you all up on those advancements quite soon. For now we have some updates and accompanying information to get you re-acquainted with our local issues. On to the updates:

18505 Jaquith Rd. Application

There has been little update until recently regarding the application for a new well at 18505 Jaquith Rd to irrigate 20 acres of potential hemp growth. Our water committee has been monitoring the weekly Oregon Water Resources Division (OWRD) public updates, and in January an extensive re-review of the initial well application was completed by the Hydro Engineers from OWRD.  See https://apps.wrd.state.or.us/apps/misc/vault/vault.aspx?Type=WRFolder&folder_image_id=92854.

   In short, the OWRD Groundwater re-review had many problems with the application for the new well because, “the groundwater for the proposed use is either over appropriated, will not likely be available in the amounts requested without injury to prior water rights, or will not likely be available within the capacity of the groundwater resource ”.  

Based on this re-review, OWRD will have to revisit their decision to approve the application.  If the OWRD nonetheless decides to grant the proposed final order for the well, there are many recommended conditions, including monitoring of the new well and neighboring wells, constraints on the type of well and how it is constructed. 

For now, we are waiting to see what the final order will be from the OWRD and what the applicant intends to do. Once we know, we will post the update for our neighbors and others interested on this website. 

Other Water Updates on or Near Chehalem Mountain

  Since the late 1990’s the aquifer on Chehalem Mountain has been defined as a limited groundwater area (Chehalem Mountain Ground Water Limited Area) which places extra constraints regarding issuing new water rights, wells and other water use. [link to OAR 690, section 1 expanded below]. This is because the Chehalem Mountain aquifer is at risk of permanent damage from overuse. This  has occurred with the Cooper and Bull Mountain aquifers which are now classified as Critical.  These definitions are important since there are rules regarding the permitting of some new wells in limited aquifers to protect the older well users and to help preserve the aquifer from additional damage. Nevertheless, new well permits continue to be issued. The rules require that new wells not cause damage to surrounding existing wells and industrial wells need to be reviewed every five years to determine if the aquifer can continue to meet the demands of the new and old wells. The current drought conditions in the NW plus the marked increase in cannabis farming in the region, combine to cause more threats to water availability. Domestic wells are not permitted to irrigate industrial crops with a few exemptions, but marijuana does not qualify for any exemptions from this rule [link to application, section 5.3 expanded below]. There are several licensed cannabis farms on Chehalem Mountain but proof of a viable water source apparently is not required to obtain that license. (Although it is stated so on the application for the license.)

Hence there are several Cannabis farmers who may be using domestic wells inappropriately. This does not account for the hemp farms (which are regulated by the Department of Agriculture) or illegal Cannabis growers in the area.  This may be of concern to neighbors on Chehalem Mountain as many have noted the need to deepen wells over recent years. We are monitoring the farms and the domestic and industrial wells via public records. 

As stated in the groundwater review above, the streams in this area are supported by groundwater discharges from the basalt aquifers which support local stream flow. Therefore, there likely is connection between some of the streams and the aquifers in this region. Our water group has been monitoring a stream near a local branch of McFee Creek, and will continue to monitor it monthly.

Further Reading

OAR 690-502-0200

(1) Groundwater in the basalt aquifers in the Chehalem Mountain, Eola Hills and South Salem Hills Groundwater Limited Areas is classified for exempt uses, irrigation and rural residential fire protection systems only. Permits may be issued, for a period not to exceed five years, for fire protection and for drip or equally efficient irrigation provided the Director finds the proposed use and amount do not pose a threat to the groundwater resource or existing permit holders. The amount of water used for irrigation shall be further limited to one acre-foot per acre per year. Permits may be extended for additional five-year periods if the Director finds that the groundwater resource can probably support the extended use. Applications may be rejected or permit or certificate extensions may be denied if the aquifer displays any of the adverse impacts defined in OAR 690, division 008.

Marijuana Producer Application

Section 5.3 – Legal Source of Water: All water to be used to produce marijuana under this Producer license will be obtained from a legal source allowable for commercial use by the licensee and for the property where the premises is located. I will retain a copy of at least one of the following demonstrating a legal source of water for commercial agriculture: A.) a water right permit or certificate; B.) a water use authorization form from the Oregon Water Resources Department; C.) documentation such as a billing statement or contract from a public or private water supplier that includes the name and contact information of that supplier; or D.) other proof from the Oregon Water Resources Department that the water to be used is from a lawful source for commercial use that does not require a water right.

Options for Obtaining Water Legally:
An Overview for Hemp, Medical
Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana

Thank you for reading!

If you would like to donate to our cause, please click HERE!

Petition Update, Thank You!

Dear Neighbors,

A VERY BIG THANK YOU goes out to all who SIGNED THE PETITION on Change.org for Yamhill County to implement sensible safety measures on Marijuana Time, Place & Manner Regulations. 

In (3) weeks time we gathered 569 signatures.  This Petition was submitted to the (3) Yamhill County Commissioners on Friday 12/3/21 to give them time to digest the information ahead of their Work Session to tackle this topic next Thursday 12/9/21.

We have decided to keep the Petition open to allow more of the community to become aware of the situation and we will be periodically sharing the growing numbers with the Commissioners. 

If you haven’t Signed the Petition, please take (1) min of your time. Click on either link:

https://www.change.org/p/yamhill-county-commissioner-mary-starrett-regulate-marijuana-in-yamhill-county-protect-the-environment-water-property-values

https://chng.it/ddtYzhcsH2

Next (2) Action Items for ALL Residents of All Counties:

  1. Send Email to Commissioners with your specific concerns: Due Wed December 8th

Instructions and a Sample Letter attached at the bottom of this notice.  Email Addresses:

starrettm@co.yamhill.or.us

berschauerl@co.yamhill.or.us

kullac@co.yamhill.or.us

Bocinfo@co.yamhill.or.us

SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

  • Attend the Yamhill Work Session via live stream on your computer:

Thursday December 9 @ 10am. 

They will be discussing how to implement the safety measures Marijuana Time, Place & Manner Regulations that almost every other County in Oregon has adopted.

NOTE:  Due to Covid, attending Commissioner’s Business or Work Session meetings is not allowed, but can be viewed via live stream at: https://www.co.yamhill.or.us/meetings

Once on this site, go to the date and time of the Board of Commissioners Formal/Informal Session meeting.  You will see the agenda for the day, any packet information, and a link to video.  Once on the video, you will see a live link to view the meeting. 

If you have problems viewing this site, call: 503-434-7501

Last Chance For Action!

Hello Neighbors,


ALL Residents of every County requested to participate, this affects our community and environment.  
DUE DATE is 4 days = This Thursday December 2nd for Emailing/Mailing Letter & Signing The Petition.

Thank you to those who have already taken a few minutes to send an email/letter to Yamhill County Commissioners and Sign The Petition online to urge Yamhill County Commissioners to implement safety measures of Marijuana Time, Place & Manner Regulations.  These safety measures will help protect us from potential wildfire risks, water risks, environmental/wildlife damage, protect property values and quality of life.  

To read in detail the risks we are facing and issues at hand, as well as instructions & a sample letter to send to Commissioners, you can find more information at the bottom of this post in the pdf files attached.

We are asking ALL Residents OF EVERY COUNTY to do the following via instructions provided below and/or on our website:

  1. Email or mail the Commissioners: Instructions and Sample Letter are attached in pdf below and here on our website:  https://savechehalemmountain.com/2021/11/13/time-for-action-help-establish-time-place-and-manner-regulations/.  Please cc SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com as well, so we can keep a record of all of your support.
  2. Digitally Sign The Petition online: Sign the Petition to REGULATE MARIJUANA IN YAMHILL COUNTY: PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, WATER & PROPERTY VALUES
  3. Virtually attend the Yamhill County Work Session on this topic of Marijuana Time, Place & Manner Regulations. Instructions provided on website & attached document.  Yamhill County Work Session is December 9th, 2021 at 10:00 am

Thank you for helping us enact the CHANGE we need to Protect Our Aquifer, Environment/Wildlife, Property Values/Quality of Life and MITIGATE POTENTIAL FIRE!

Time for Action: Help Establish Time, Place, and Manner Regulations

Hello Neighbors!

Thank you to those who have recently started following this newsletter and donated. We appreciate your support! Please tell your neighbors about our mission to preserve and protect the natural resources that Chehalem Mountain provides for us. We believe in maintaining the aquifer, and the biodiversity it supports by responsibly using this limited resource.

We are excited to announce that we have some ACTION ITEMS for you:

Our neighbors have been working closely with Yamhill County Commissioners to SCHEDULE a public Work Session on the importance AND NECESSITY of establishing Marijuana Time, Place, and Manner (TPM) Regulations for the county. ALMOST EVERY OTHER COUNTY HAS ADOPTED THESE SENSIBLE SAFETY REGULATIONS TO PROTECT THEIR RESIDENTS FROM POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARDS, PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT/WILDLIFE, PROPERTY VALUES & QUALITY OF LIFE.

We are asking ALL Residents OF EVERY COUNTY to do the following via instructions provided in the attached documents:

  1. Email or mail the Commissioners (instructions and sample letters are provided)
  2. Digitally sign the petition on Change.org (link provided)
  3. Virtually attend the Yamhill County Work Session on TPM (instructions provided)

We need you to write to the Commissioners, and Sign the Petition by the DEADLINE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2ND!!

The scheduled date for the Yamhill County Work Session is December 9th, 2021 at 10:00 am.

In the attached documents below, you will find information and instructions on how to write/email the County Commissioners to let them know your opinions on adopting these regulations.

Please send a copy to savechehalemmountain@gmail.com as well, so we can keep a record of all of your support.

Thank you for helping us enact the CHANGE we need to protect our Aquifer, ENVIRONMENT, PROPERTY VALUES AND MITIGATE POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARDS!

TVF&R Informational Zoom Meeting Notice

Hello Neighbors,

We wanted to pass along this information about a virtual event hosted by TVF&R tomorrow October 11th at 7 pm. Details below as they were received:

Chief Hallman with TVF&R will hosting an informational meeting via zoom on Monday, October 11th at 7 pm. 

TVF&R’s Board of Directors will place a bond measure on the November 2021 ballot. If approved, the bond measure would raise $122 million and would replace retiring bonds, so TVF&R’s total tax rate is not expected to increase.

In anticipation of this bond measure being put before voters I would like to offer an informational presentation so that TVFR leaders can discuss how previous bond funds were used and explain what these proposed future funds would be invested in.

There will be time for your questions at the end of the presentation.  

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89948525662?pwd=TVF3VlR6alVWcTJnUFJ5TlY0c1lTQT09&from=addon

Meeting ID: 899 4852 5662
Passcode: 165005

Newsletter 10/4/21

Good evening Neighbors!

Thank you for your patience in receiving this week’s newsletter.

SCM is celebrating a year of officially being a non-profit organization! As many of you may know, our volunteers have been involved in keeping up with water and land use concerns long before the non-profit was formed. We feel fortunate to be among our community and serving as stewards of homeowners, business owners, and the environment in the Chehalem Mountain region. We are thankful for the people that have spent their time, energy, and shared their expertise for this cause in the past, present, and into the future. We feel very supported by our community and we are grateful for volunteers and donations. The generosity of our neighbors is inspiring! Thank you.

JAQUITH ROAD Operation

Water Application Status:

WAG Holdings, LLC (18505 NE Jaquith Road) Water Application #G-18843 request to drill a well & irrigate over 20+ acres of cannabis was on a second hold at the Oregon Water Resources Dept.  The Administrative Hold expired on 7/5/21. Since the expiration there has been no change nor activity from OWRD.  Thanks to our Water Team who are monitoring the situation daily, keeping us updated and are in contact with OWRD & our Water Attorney. 

View application: HERE.  

View Resident’s comments: HERE.

FIRE & BURNING

Most of the Chehalem Mountain region is within the “ORANGE” DEQ Special Control Area. October 1st through December 15th is considered the fall burning season, however you will need to check on the day you wish to burn for specific hours and guidelines. You can use the following resources to check if it is okay to burn in your area:

TVF&R Website

TVF&R Burn Restrictions

Willamette Valley Open Burning Announcement

UPCOMING EVENT: WASTE PESTICIDE COLLECTION

Help keep harmful chemicals out of our ecosystem!

There will be a Waste Pesticide Collection event on Oct 30, 2021, from 9am-2:30pm at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

This collection event is for landowners, farmers, and other commercial and institutional pesticide users in the Upper Willamette Valley. Priority is given to forest and agricultural landowners. Only pesticide products will be accepted, no adjuvants, oils, anti-freeze, empty pesticide containers etc.

Please see the brochure for more information, and the required Pesticide Waste Collection event application form/waste inventory sheet (attached.) The form and attached inventory sheet must be submitted to CleanHarbor Environmental Services, Inc, on or before October 20, 2021.

More information available online at oda.direct

Feel free to contact us with suggestions for newsletter content. Have a great week!

Email:       SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

Website:  www.SaveChehalemMountain.com

Mailing Donations:  

Payable to: Save Chehalem Mountain

15532 SW Pacific Hwy C1B#331, Tigard, OR 97224


Weekly Newsletter Update 9/13/21

Jaquith Road Operation

Water Application Status:

WAG Holdings, LLC (18505 NE Jaquith Road) Water Application #G-18843 request to drill a well & irrigate over 20+ acres of cannabis was on a second hold at the Oregon Water Resources Dept.  The Administrative Hold expired on 7/5/21. Since the expiration there has been no change nor activity from OWRD.  Thanks to our Water Team who are monitoring the situation daily, keeping us updated and are in contact with OWRD & our Water Attorney. 

View application: HERE.  

View Resident’s comments: HERE.

18505 NE Jaquith Rd Addition & Change of Management:  

Chris Bryan (aka Norton Christopher Bryan) is no longer showing as Manager for WAG Holdings LLC and several other LLCS at 18505 NE Jaquith Rd (Oretex Farms, Oretex Agricultural Holdings, CJL Holdings, JCB Farms) according to the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division.  He has beena replaced by his associate: http://egov.sos.state.or.us

However, Chris Bryan’s name is still showing associated with CB4 Mountain Top LLC at 18505 NE Jaquith Rd:

http://egov.sos.state.or.us

Additional Businesses Registered at 18505 NE Jaquith Rd:

MMVT Holdings LLC: http://egov.sos.state.or.us

Derby’s Farm LLC: http://egov.sos.state.or.us

WATER RELATED

A Yamhill resident shares her water saving tactics in her garden with the online publication Yamhill County’s News-Register.com, subscription required to read:

https://newsregister.com/article?articleTitle=making-every-drop-count–1630694112–41217–1home-news


Here is a list of 13 tips to help you conserve water in your garden from Recordnet.com:

https://www.recordnet.com/story/lifestyle/home-garden/2021/05/26/13-tips-help-you-conserve-water-your-garden-during-dry-summer/7437348002/

WILD FIRE SEASON

READY, SET, GO! 

There is still time to tune in! Join TVF&R’s online presentations to learn about creating/maintaining defensible space around your home, forming emergency plans and preparing emergency kits.  Visit www.tvfr.com/395 to sign up for one of the scheduled Zoom presentations.  Last Presentation Date: 9/16 at 7:00pm.

OREGON CANNABIS NEWS

“Cops: 14 arrested, 1,400 pounds of pot seized at illegal Oregon marijuana grow operations”

https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2021/09/cops-14-arrested-1400-pounds-of-pot-seized-at-illegal-oregon-marijuana-grow-operations.html

Email:       SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

Website:  www.SaveChehalemMountain.com

Mailing Donations:  

Payable to: Save Chehalem Mountain

15532 SW Pacific Hwy C1B#331, Tigard, OR 97224




Weekly Newsletter Update 9/6/21

Jaquith Road Operation

Water Application Status:

WAG Holdings, LLC (18505 NE Jaquith Road) Water Application #G-18843 request to drill a well & irrigate over 20+ acres of cannabis was on a second hold at the Oregon Water Resources Dept.  The Administrative Hold expired on 7/5/21. Since the expiration there has been no change nor activity from OWRD.  Thanks to our Water Team who are monitoring the situation daily, keeping us updated and are in contact with OWRD & our Water Attorney. 

View application: HERE.  

View Resident’s comments: HERE.

18505 NE Jaquith Rd Addition & Change of Management:  

Chris Bryan (aka Norton Christopher Bryan) is no longer showing as Manager for WAG Holdings LLC and several other LLCS at 18505 NE Jaquith Rd (Oretex Farms, Oretex Agricultural Holdings, CJL Holdings, JCB Farms) according to the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division.  He has beena replaced by his associate: http://egov.sos.state.or.us

However, Chris Bryan’s name is still showing associated with CB4 Mountain Top LLC at 18505 NE Jaquith Rd:

http://egov.sos.state.or.us

Additional Businesses Registered at 18505 NE Jaquith Rd:

MMVT Holdings LLC: http://egov.sos.state.or.us

Derby’s Farm LLC: http://egov.sos.state.or.us

WATER RELATED

Yamhill County Commissioners declared Level 3 State of Emergency for the City of Yamhill and the County on Thursday to position it for “Severe Drought”.

https://www.koin.com/yamhill-adds-more-water-usage-restrictions-in-out-of-city/

WILD FIRE SEASON

READY, SET, GO!  Join TVF&R’s online presentations to learn about creating/maintaining defensible space around your home, forming emergency plans and preparing emergency kits.  Visit www.tvfr.com/395 to sign up for one of the scheduled Zoom presentations.  Last Presentation Date: 9/16 at 7:00pm.

OREGON CANNABIS NEWS

“MAN’S DEATH PRECIPITATED RAID ON MASSIVE MARIJUANA GROW 200,000 PLANTS”:
https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Law-enforcement-investigating-Illinois-Valley-marijuana-grow-involving-involuntary-servitude-575115951.html

“REPORT: OREGON CANNABIS WORKERS IN SLAVE-LIKE LABOR CAMPS IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY”: 

https://oregoncatalyst.com/54844-conditions-oregon-cannabis-industry-termed-narcoslavery.html

“LAW ENFORCEMENT RAIDS JACKSON COUNTY WAREHOUSE FULL OF $15M BLACK MARKET MARIJUANA”:

https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Law-enforcement-raids-Central-Point-warehouse-full-of-black-market-marijuana-575086451.html

“POLICE RAID ILLEGAL GROW OPERATION: 86,500 PLANTS SEIZED & 12 DETAINED IN GRANTS PASS”:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oregon/articles/2021-06-29/police-raid-illegal-marijuana-grow-operation-12-detained

YAMHILL COUNTY “MARIJUANA TIME, PLACE & MANNER REGULATIONS”


Resident volunteers are now working with (3) YamCo Officials: Commissioner Mary Starrett, Commissioner Casey Kulla & Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer.  The volunteers have provided (3) options or courses of action to take for a resolution (see below).  The goal is to schedule a Zoom Board Meeting in October between the Commissioners and affected Residents.  Almost every County in Oregon has adopted these safety measures which are designed to protect your home/business, your home/business values, quality of life, our community, the environment and the lives of First Responders.  Despite residents working with Yamhill County for years on this, no action has been taken by the County.

Note: We will be asking every Resident to email or write the Commissioners to express your feelings on why this topic is important to you and how this will affect your property or business.  We will also have an online petition to sign.  A sample letter will be provided as well as contact information.  All residents affected (including those in Washington County) are encouraged to write.  Stay tuned for more information.


Below are the suggestions that have been provided to the County Commissioners:

OPTION #1 EXPAND SDR CONDITIONS 

Expanding the current Site Design Review conditions could minimize the need to adopt a Time-Place-Manner ordinance, and would be the easiest and least costly for Yamhill County to pursue. If the Board chooses this option, we suggest that the following policy (a list of bullet points) be adopted by the Board and that the following conditions be applied to all applications through the Site Design Review process. None of the recommended conditions would preclude use of a property for production or processing.

OPTION #2 ADOPT A TIME-PLACE-MANNER ORDINANCE 


Adopting an ordinance for Time-Place-Manner marijuana regulations might be the most complicated in terms of time and cost, but it provides clarity and consistency in the long-term development of the marijuana industry and public health, safety, and environmental concerns. An ordinance would eliminate lengthy controversial Site Design Review public meetings, appeals, and expensive citizen lawsuits that are occurring in Yamhill County.

OPTION #3 REFER TO THE VOTERS TO DECIDE ON AN “OPT OUT” 

Opting out would curtail certain new marijuana activities from occurring in Yamhill County. From our view, outdoor marijuana production and butane and chemical processing are the leading causes of public health, safety, and environmental concerns.  If butane and chemical processing were allowed only in industrial zones, and processing and outdoor production were required to be 100’ off all property lines, controversy would be greatly reduced and voters would not need to choose whether or not to allow the marijuana industry to expand in Yamhill County. 

 

Email:       SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

Website:  www.SaveChehalemMountain.com

Mailing Donations:  

Payable to: Save Chehalem Mountain

15532 SW Pacific Hwy C1B#331, Tigard, OR 97224




Weekly Newsletter Update 8/30/21

Jaquith Road Operation

Water Application Status:

WAG Holdings, LLC (18505 NE Jaquith Road) Water Application #G-18843 request to drill a well & irrigate over 20+ acres of cannabis was on a second hold at the Oregon Water Resources Dept.  The Administrative Hold expired on 7/5/21. It has been (6) weeks since the expiration and there has been no change nor activity from OWRD.  Thanks to our Water Team who are monitoring the situation daily, keeping us updated and are in contact with OWRD & our Water Attorney.

View application: HERE.  

View Resident’s comments: HERE.

18505 NE Jaquith Rd Addition & Change of Management:  

Chris Bryan (aka Norton Christopher Bryan) is no longer showing as Manager for WAG Holdings LLC and several other LLCS at 18505 NE Jaquith Rd (Oretex Farms, Oretex Agricultural Holdings, CJL Holdings, JCB Farms) according to the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division.  He has beena replaced by his associate: http://egov.sos.state.or.us

However, Chris Bryan’s name is still showing associated with CB4 Mountain Top LLC at 18505 NE Jaquith Rd:

http://egov.sos.state.or.us

Additional Businesses Registered at 18505 NE Jaquith Rd:

MMVT Holdings LLC: http://egov.sos.state.or.us

Derby’s Farm LLC: http://egov.sos.state.or.us

Recap of County Water Task Force Meeting on 8/23/21

Information provided by: Karyn Hanson Chehalem Mountain Neighbor, PE Water Resources, KGH Engineering:

“I attended the Water Task Force meeting facilitated by Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla on August 23rd. A link to the entire presentation is provided below. The Oregon Water Resources Department presented a basic overview of groundwater issues and how they manage them in partnership with counties, cities and with us (stakeholders and residents). Local issues were summarized by city officials. A representative from Ron Wyden’s office gave an overview of funding opportunities and really stressed the value of multijurisdictional partnerships.

I was relieved to see that the data showed overall groundwater levels for Chehalem Mountain aquifers are stable. We are designated a “Groundwater Limited Area” because our levels used to be declining. We need to advocate for more data so we can be sure this assessment is accurate and can be aware if levels begin declining again.”

For those who wish to listen to the recording click link below:  Passcode: JEuU2*kJ

Water Taskforce Meeting Recording

Yamhill County groundwater conditions, monitoring, use, and regulation presentation document HERE.

WILD FIRE SEASON

READY, SET, GO!  Join TVF&R’s online presentations to learn about creating/maintaining defensible space around your home, forming emergency plans and preparing emergency kits.  Visit www.tvfr.com/395 to sign up for one of the scheduled Zoom presentations.  Last Presentation Date: 9/16 at 7:00pm.

YAMHILL COUNTY “MARIJUANA TIME, PLACE & MANNER REGULATIONS”

volunteers are now working with (3) YamCo Officials: Commissioner Mary Starrett, Commissioner Casey Kulla & Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer.  The volunteers have provided (3) options or courses of action to take for a resolution (see below).  The goal is to schedule a Zoom Board Meeting in October between the Commissioners and affected Residents.  Almost every County in Oregon has adopted these safety measures which are designed to protect your home/business, your home/business values, quality of life, our community, the environment and the lives of First Responders.  Despite residents working with Yamhill County for years on this, no action has been taken by the County.

Note: We will be asking every Resident to email or write the Commissioners to express your feelings on why this topic is important to you and how this will affect your property or business.  We will also have an online petition to sign.  A sample letter will be provided as well as contact information.  All residents affected (including those in Washington County) are encouraged to write.  Stay tuned for more information.

Below are the suggestions that have been provided to the County Commissioners:

OPTION #1 EXPAND SDR CONDITIONS 

Expanding the current Site Design Review conditions could minimize the need to adopt a Time-Place-Manner ordinance, and would be the easiest and least costly for Yamhill County to pursue. If the Board chooses this option, we suggest that the following policy (a list of bullet points) be adopted by the Board and that the following conditions be applied to all applications through the Site Design Review process. None of the recommended conditions would preclude use of a property for production or processing.

OPTION #2 ADOPT A TIME-PLACE-MANNER ORDINANCE 

Adopting an ordinance for Time-Place-Manner marijuana regulations might be the most complicated in terms of time and cost, but it provides clarity and consistency in the long-term development of the marijuana industry and public health, safety, and environmental concerns. An ordinance would eliminate lengthy controversial Site Design Review public meetings, appeals, and expensive citizen lawsuits that are occurring in Yamhill County.

OPTION #3 REFER TO THE VOTERS TO DECIDE ON AN “OPT OUT” 

Opting out would curtail certain new marijuana activities from occurring in Yamhill County. From our view, outdoor marijuana production and butane and chemical processing are the leading causes of public health, safety, and environmental concerns.  If butane and chemical processing were allowed only in industrial zones, and processing and outdoor production were required to be 100’ off all property lines, controversy would be greatly reduced and voters would not need to choose whether or not to allow the marijuana industry to expand in Yamhill County. 

THANK YOU NEIGHBORS!

Thanks to your support, we are able to print and mail another informational flyer out to residents on the aquifer that will alert more of our neighbors about these issues. We are committed to keeping up to date information to share with you, and to maintaining a safe and healthy aquifer for us all to utilize in a responsible way. If you haven’t already, consider helping us with expanding our reach to those that will be affected by issues on Chehalem Mountain.

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Mailing Donations: 

Payable to: Save Chehalem Mountain

15532 SW Pacific Hwy C1B#331, Tigard, OR 97224

Website: www.SaveChehalemMountain.com

Water Task Force Zoom Meeting Info–Monday, Aug 23rd (10 am-12 pm)

Neighbors, we are excited to announce that the long awaited Water Task Force Meeting will be taking place via Zoom on August 23rd at 10 am: link below!

If you have a question or a topic for the meeting, submit them to Casey Kulla: kullac@co.yamhill.or.us

The following is a copy of part of the message sent by Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla regarding the upcoming meeting:


Agenda:

First, we’ll have Justin Iverson from Oregon Water Resources Dept present on ground water issues.

Second, we’ll have Fritz Graham from US Senator Wyden’s office present on the pending infrastructure package and how it might affect your water system.

Third, we’ll do a Roundtable with anyone who has specific water issues that they want to bring forward that have not been addressed.

Fourth, if you have someone who is not on the list but would like to attend, please forward.


Casey

Casey Kulla is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Yamhill County Water Task Force

Time: Aug 23, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82446535115?pwd=K1BNZnY4K1dzKzVYcHhGWHh0ZUg3dz09

Meeting ID: 824 4653 5115

Passcode: 397660

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