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“HOW DO WE GET THIS LADY TO MOVE…” CRR VP/Director Bill Burt

2/10/21, 4:17 PM

“HOW DO WE GET THIS LADY TO MOVE…”

CRR VP/Director Bill Burt

WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

At the CRR February 1, 2021, Work Session Meeting, part of the Directors discussion focused on policing the Commercial Loop area. For some time now, businesses and residents alike have been dealing with the Board’s obsession over homes that allegedly are not operating a business.

VP Bill Burt provided some valuable insight into the Boards thinking and motives when he specifically described a lady/resident who stated her son repairs cars in the backyard. Apparently, Burt didn’t buy her story and added, “HOW DO WE GET THIS LADY TO MOVE?”

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Today, at the Jefferson County Commissioner’s Meeting, County Code Officer Chris Reeves presented his Code Enforcement Report that included CRR’s Commercial Loop.

After Reeves presentation, Ranch Matters (RM) asked the Commission and County Counsel to explain business license requirements vs zoning and code requirements on the Ranch. County Counsel confirmed there are NO business license requirements by the County and referred us to Community Development Director Phil Stenbeck for precise zoning/code requirements.

 

Met with Phil Stenbeck and he confirmed the Code Enforcement Office is duty bound to investigate any and all alleged violations. He further stated they are complaint driven and do not necessarily spend their valuable time looking for violators. He stressed, they enforce code violations and not Ranch related CC&R’s.

Director Stenbeck conveyed his COVID concerns and the impact on County businesses and reminded everyone that due to Governor Kate Brown’s Directives, enforcement of potential code violations are on “hold-temporarily pertaining to dwellings in the Commercial Loop area.”

Stenbeck clearly confirmed there is a business requirement connected to homes in the Commercial Loop zone. He showed RM Section 317-Crooked River Ranch Commercial Zone rules that specifically state in part, “On-site living quarters for the manager or caretaker of a business. Approval of the living quarters shall be in conjunction with a specific business on the parcel. If the type of business changes a new application for approval of the living quarters must be approved. The living quarters may not be occupied if the business is discontinued.”

For any homeowner in the Commercial Loop not operating a business there is a quick and inexpensive fix. Simply register with the Oregon Secretary of State an Assumed Business Name (ABN) for any type of business. Any code investigation or legal follow-up becomes a moot point.

Possible business concepts: Popsicle stick inspector, rubber band repairman, RV Dump Inspector to name a few.

Ranch Matters Staff