SITE PLAN/CONDITIONAL USE, by Julie Naslund

shall relate harmoniously to the natural environment and existing development
with that said, I am again caught off guard by the mischaracterization of opposing counsel
…………………………………………………………………………….(trill of blackbirds in the cattails)

I’m seeking a fair process for my client
minimizing visual impacts and preserving natural features
………………………………………………………(sunlight as it passes through aspen leaves, green)

that certainty was not the claimed basis
having ostensibly a superior relationship with and access to staff
………………………………………………………………………………….(in the pine tree, owlets beg)

maintains that your order gives him the right to wait in the weeds to respond
there is no rat. I am not a snake hiding in the weeds
……………………………………………..(tiny bird shaped shadow crosses from willow to elm)

to buffer and screen portions of the parking lot
the applicant finds this criterion shall be met
………………………………………………………………….(the greenest green, the bluest blue)

all exterior lighting shall be shielded so that direct light does not project off site
The ORS 197.763 record periods have never contemplated anything other
 ………………………………………………………………………..(open the window to frog song)

such a position is inconsistent with the law and with your order
maximum height of tree species shall be considered
…………………………………..(the drip, drip of rain from the eave, scent of wet sage)

shall be compatible with existing and projected uses
approval of a site plan shall be based on the following
……………………,,,…………………………………….(underground burrows, the brush pile)

the subject property is approximately 4.98 acres in size and is rectangular in shape
including views and topographical features
…………………………………………………………………………(before the light comes, birdsong)

I’ve bit my tongue on previous communication
I’d prefer to focus on substantive issues
……………………………………………………….(red-tailed hawk preens on the raptor pole)

With all due respect, we would object to that which you propose
topography that is generally level throughout with a vegetative cover of sagebrush and grasses
…………………………………………………………………………………. (ripples fade on the pond)

ALL WRITTEN TESTIMONY MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER
……………………………………………….(seasonal shift from dun to green)
……………………………………………………..(mountains etched against pale blue)
………………………………………..,,,,,,,,,,,,……………………………………………(listen)
……………………………………………………………………………………………..…..(breathe)

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Julie Naslund lives and writes in the high desert of central Oregon.  She feels that writing poetry is an act of translation.

3 thoughts on “SITE PLAN/CONDITIONAL USE, by Julie Naslund

  1. WOW! Land abuse by developers. Here you speak eloquently for nature in all it’s forms. In fact, the power of the poem is that the animals and their habitat are those who speak with depth and beauty. That which we sacrifice in the name of commerce is obscene compared to the lush wildness on the landscape up for demolition! There is so much to be lost in this land development, so much cost in the animals, plants and fragile desert that would be forcibly removed from this living piece of land if it is developed. I loved your poem, Julie. Kudos for writng it and to Reuben Woolley for publishing it here. Ingrid

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