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BEND,OR -- The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals has upheld the city of Bend's decision to let a four year university go forward on a ten acre parcel on the west side of Bend.

 

The group "Truth in Site" appealed the city's decision claiming in wasn't in compliance with land use laws.

 

OSU Cascades Vice President Becky Johnsopn says they're happy with the ruling.

 

"We're obviously really pleased it affirms the three previous decisions on the site plan.  And it affirms our compliance with the city of Bend's code and we're excited we can move ahead with development of the university that the community overwhelmingly supports."

 

But the opposition group, "Truth in Site" plans to appeal to the Oregon State Board of Appeals.

 

Scott Morgan with Truth in Site says this won't be the last word.

 

"Obviously we're disappointed learning that LUBA's hands are tied, but as Ken Helm said his hands were tied and the city of Bend's hands were tied.  Everyone understand this needs to be master planned.  So it doesn't really surprise us, not ruling for us in this manner."

 

Morgan says he is cautiously optimistic the Oregon Supreme Court will strike down these previous decisions supporting the site plans on Bend's west side.

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