In 2002, the Board of Clatsop County Commissioners approved the annexation of two parcels, located at 79876 and 79878 Hwy 101, Arch Cape, into the Arch Cape Sanitary District. The annexation was approved without taking an exception to Goal 11 as required pursuant to Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 660-011-0060.
The subject properties are further identified as Township 4N, Range 10W, Section 19BB, Tax Lot 300 (79878 Hwy 101) and Tax Lot 401 (79876 Hwy 101). Both parcels are oceanfront, located in the Coastal Residential Zone (CR), Geologic Hazards Overlay (GHO), and Shoreland Overlay (SO). Each parcel is developed with a single-family dwelling. According to County Assessor records, the dwelling on TL 300 was constructed in 1961 and the dwelling on TL 401 was constructed in 1959.
The dwellings were each originally served by on-site sewage disposal systems (septic). Due to the steep, active terrain along this section of coastline, the septic systems eventually posed hazards to public health, which caused previous property owners to pursue connection to the sewer system operated by the Arch Cape Sanitary District. Clatsop County Community Development has proposed an exception to Goal 11 and map/text amendments to the Clatsop County Comprehensive Plan to correct the administrative oversight from 2002 when the subject parcels were annexed into the district.
The Clatsop County Planning Commission will consider the request and make a recommendation to the Board of Clatsop County Commissioners, which will make the final decision regarding the request.