• Josephine County to hold second public hearing on proposed land trade

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    October 28, 2019
    JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – A second public hearing on Josephine County’s efforts to exchange land between the Bureau of Land Management and the county is scheduled to take place Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
    The hearing will not only allow citizens to provide feedback on the project, but also serve as an opportunity for county officials to update the public on the project’s progress since the initial hearing in February.
    “We have taken our citizens’ concerns seriously as we continue this effort, which will maximize recreational opportunities for visitors and residents while allowing for efficient property management,” Josephine County Commissioner Lily Morgan said. “One notable change is that we are no longer pursuing the Provolt and Sprague seed orchards, properties the community felt strongly about.”
    Josephine County has also included a “reverter” statement that returns the lands if either party does not use the properties for their intended purposes. The exact lot proposals are outlined in the maps provided at http://co.josephine.or.us/landtrade.
    The Josephine County Parks Department has no immediate plans to develop any of the discussed properties and is currently focused on renovating its existing properties. Any future development would be done with extensive public involvement.
    The Oct. 30 hearing will be broadcast live on Spectrum Charter channel 181, 182 or 183 (depending on location) and on the county’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/JosephineCountyOR.
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    The point of contact for this matter is Legal Counsel Wally Hicks, (541) 474-5226 or whicks@co.josephine.or.us
    Wally Hicks, Legal Counsel
    (541) 474-5226
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