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LYNCH RANCH FROM EXCLUSIVE FARM TO RURAL RESIDENTIAL?
Written by the Land Use Committee on 09/07/05Exclusive Farm Of Lynch Ranch To Rural Residential?
Pre-Application Review On June 23, 2005 the Josephine County Planning Office received a request for a pre-application review (Article 21 of the Josephine County Rural Land Development Code) from Mr. Cliff Woodruff.1 The request was for an assessment of the potential for a compre-hensive plan map amendment and zone change from Exclusive Farm (114.75 acres) to Rural Residential 5-Acre for the following property.
Most of this property is know locally as the Lynch Ranch (approximately 120-acres). The pre-application review request stated: "An application would be prepared based on the Non-Resource Criteria of the Josephine County Comprehensive Plan."
A July 11, 2005 assessment by the planning office was that the probability for a successful zone change was extremely low for the following reasons.2
1. 100 percent of the soils are farm soils.
2. Although the property is surrounded by residential zones on three sides, it is over 100 acres and has clearly been farmed.3. "Reasons" exceptions to Oregon Statewide Goal 3 - Agricultural Lands rarely succeed.
How Do You Feel Pro or Con?
The open spaces of the original 160-acre donation land claim by Wesley Walker, of which the Lynch Ranch is a large part, have been both irrigated and green, and dry land farming since the 1880s. The land has a long history of farming since its inception as a large pioneer farm in 1855.3
Potential Development In the long-term the potential development, if approved, could easily be 20 plus new homes on the ranch.
Pro or Con? How do you feel about this potential development at the Lynch Ranch, pro or con?
More Information? Want To Take Action?
Would you like to help keep the land in a farm zone?
Want To Take Action? Would you like to learn more about citizen involvement in this proposal to change the land use of the Lynch Ranch from "Exclusive Farm" to "RR-5"? Want to attend an investigative committee meeting? Contact an officer of the Hugo Neighborhood..
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