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9/8/22, 1:07 PM
Yesterday, September 7, 2022, the Jefferson County Planning Commission received a letter of support for the MacPherson Development Project from outgoing Ranch President, Bill Burt. The letter is dated September 7, 2022 and signed by Bill Burt and clearly states it is a Board of Directors decision.
WHEN DID THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEET REGARDING THIS PROJECT AND WAS IT APPROVED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?
Interestingly, the Planning Commission received the letter of support on the same day Bill Burt was replaced as President by newly elected Director, Kari Vickery.
Bill’s letter opens with: “In preparation for the upcoming Planning Commissions’ decision regarding the development of the property owned by Mac Investments, also referred to as “Phase 17”, the Board of Directors hereby states that it is in the best interest of “The Association” to formally give approval to moving forward with the zoning changes needed.”
Burt’s letter ends by reinforcing the Board’s support for the project. “In closing, we restate our support of this proposed zoning change and ultimately to development that it will bring.”
In our story, “MAC’S ISLAND” published August 12, 2022, we reported that Jefferson County Planning Commissioner, Michelle Parcel disclosed an ex parte contact with a Ranch Director. Parcel stated: “Last Friday night I was at a local eating establishment on the Ranch, I was contacted by a Crooked River Ranch Board Member. She three times tried to tell me what the Board’s decision is on this hearing and I told her I cannot talk to her about it, I cannot discuss it…”
As reported, Commissioner Parcel identified Director/Realtor, Julia Randall as the ex parte subject. Parcel added that even after telling Randall she couldn’t discuss the matter, Randall slipped her business card to Parcel and said: “If you want to talk, call me.”
The Jefferson County Planning Commission will be meeting tonight (9/8/22), at the Ranch Chapel @ 5:30 p.m.