BEND, OR -- A property owner near Sunriver is appealing a hearings officer's ruling that he violated county development rules. He built a dock, garage and other structures on his property on Satterlee Way in the Oregon Water Wonderland subdivision, but failed to apply for necessary permits. The property owner is now appealing to Deschutes County Commissioners.
A number of neighbors testified at Wednesday's public hearing on the issue. Joseph Craig told Commissioners, "It's a very nice property, there's no doubt and I've told him that. It's a very well-kept, maintained property. The issues are a result of illegal structures on the property. There are things I wanted to do on my property after I moved in, contacted Will [at the Community Development Department] and found out I can't do it and I follow the rules. Then I said, 'what about my neighbor?'" He went on to say, "If you're going to do all this and ask for forgiveness, it's kind of like when you were a kid. The standing joke was 'I'm going to do it and ask Mom and Dad for forgiveness later.' That's what's going on here. If I can't get permits to do something right now, why should we give him permits to give a blessing after he's done all this."
County Commissioners will continue to take public comment on the issue for the next couple of weeks and plan to make a decision by the end of April.