Appeals court deals blow to Ashland welcome center

Posted: 2:40 PM December 02, 2010

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that transportation officials cannot sidestep state rules by extending city water to a proposed Ashland welcome center.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has proposed an 18-acre rest stop and welcome center at milepost 12.5, just south of Crowson Road in Ashland.

Neighbors cried foul, saying ODOT was trying to circumvent state planning law, specifically Goal 11, which makes it difficult for local governments to extend water service outside their boundaries.

More details will be made available in tomorrow’s Daily Tidings.

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