Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Something fishy in Camas County

It's the Camas County Good Ship Lollipop. Welcome aboard. Things are cooking in Camas County from camas roots to tossed salmon at the Seattle Pike Place Market. Twenty thousand newly rezoned acres in Camas County are being licked and lopped up like candy, with minimal red tape, weak rules and regulations, weaker yet leadership and dubious administrative procedures. And a populous that doesn't know it's being screwed by massive land-sales speculation and greedy profiteers. And that's today.

Who knows what the future holds? For sure, things are not what they appear to be. On May 31, a letter from Camas County was sent to the applicant of a residential subdivision next to Idaho's famous Centennial Marsh. Our county official admitted to the applicant that Camas County's newly revised ordinances would allow him new freedoms:

"It would be to your benefit to resubmit your subdivision now ... I have discussed this with the county attorney and she is of the same opinion."

What is really being said here? Applicant, there are no more obstacles, no areas of critical concern, no floodplain overlay district and no tourism overlay district. No problem.

I think this letter suggests privileged information that exposes Camas County's vulnerability. It invites insider trading and cronyism.

What do you think?

Dick Tucker


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