The county board held a public hearing on proposed amendments to the county comprehensive land-use plan allowing for the construction of a 3.3-mile sewer line connecting the Shoreline Sanitary District to the City of Warrenton's wastewater treatment plant.
The comprehensive plan and state land-use law prohibit extension of sewer service outside of urban growth boundaries (UGBs). The amendments, to both the comprehensive plan's Goal 11 (Public Facilities and Services) element and Clatsop Plains Community Plan, allow placement of the sewer line connection outside of the Warrenton UGB and the Cullaby Lake Rural Service Area, which the Shoreline Sanitary District serves, due to special circumstances.
New wastewater discharge standards enacted by the State of Oregon in 2003 and applied to the Skipanon River put the sanitary district's treatment facility out of compliance with rules regarding temperature and dissolved oxygen. After research of various alternatives, the district passed a $2 million bond in 2008 to finance the Warrenton sewer connection.
The amendments prohibit any connections to the new sewer line outside of the sewer district.
The public hearing continues Feb. 13.