Appeals court upholds LUBA criticism of Medford over Cedar Landing project

The Oregon Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal of the controversial Cedar Landing development project in Medford, upholding a side issue that chided the city for failing to provide proper notice to the state.

In February, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals upheld the city's approval of the 118-acre Cedar Landing application, but determined the city failed to give proper notice to the state when it changed a zoning map for the area.

Lori Cooper, Medford's senior assistant attorney, said in March the city would appeal the decision based solely on the notice issue. The problem, she said, is that the city was following a state rule that small tracts of 80 acres or less don't require state notification, Cooper said.

The Cedar Landing project includes a 7-acre zone change. If the city has to notify the state for all small zone changes, which in Medford amounts to several per month, a 45-day notification period would be added to the development process for each project involved, she said.

In its ruling, LUBA relied on a state law that all zone changes require notification.

The appeal's rejection does not affect the status of the Cedar Landing project, a mixed-use development planned for the Cedar Links Golf Club land, said Cooper. The Jantzer family, owners and developers, plans to build 541 residences and commercial spaces on the Cedar Links golf course within five to seven years.

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