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Compelling Arguments About River Plan Produce Positive Results for Business

Thanks to the work of Tonkon Torp lawyers and others, the industrial businesses affected by the City of Portland's River Plan/North Reach saw their concerns validated by a January 21 ruling of the state Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). LUBA sent the River Plan, which would significantly restrict development in the "industrial sanctuary" along a 12-mile stretch of the Willamette River, back to the Portland City Council for additional work.

On behalf of Gunderson LLC and its parent, The Greenbrier Companies, appellate lawyer Robyn Ridler Aoyagi, litigator Steven Olson, and real estate lawyer Joseph Voboril argued that the City failed to adequately weigh business interests with environmental interests when passing the River Plan. In particular, the City failed to properly analyze the impact that the River Plan would have on the City's supply of industrial land, especially prime industrial land along the river, as required under state land use law. Agreeing on this and other issues, LUBA remanded the ordinance back to the City Council.

The appeal was joined by Schnitzer Steel Industries and a coalition of about 20 other industrial employers called the Working Waterfront Coalition.

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