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Tim Lester 
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Re: “Bridge Battle, Part Deux

An owner of property on Buck Canyon Rd has offered a western portion of their property that adjoins BPRD property for potential parking. It is 2,500 ft from the proposed bridge crossing.

Lying is a serious accusation! Oregon Fish and Wildlife should be consulted for expert opinion based on recent studies of Elk migration. Elk would have to migrate through several miles of streets with homes as well as cross 97 to get to calving areas. When was the last migration pattern study done? I

Interesting that the Federal govt. sold land to a developer that became Widgi Creek development. Something Id like to investigate and learn how it was done.

A future traffic bridge at the crossing would either go across Federal land or up Bachelor View Rd. I suggest it go up Bachelor View Rd. Many properties there are on acerage large enough to get a property tax assessment of $77.07 per acre, 3 acre minimum, because the owners have signed a statement stating that growing trees for commercial sale at maturity is their intent.

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Posted by Tim Lester on 01/28/2018 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Bridge Battle, Part Deux

The "Slippery Slope Argument" (SSA). Wikipedia describes it. Synonymous wit the "Continuum Fallacy". Weak reasoning in this case. There is a substantial amount of good judgment required to choose the best course of action in this case. Unfortunate if and when the decision is influenced by money and politics and special interest over the general public benefit. The environment is certainly to be considered and weighted.

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Posted by Tim Lester on 01/26/2018 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Bridge Battle, Part Deux

Bachelor View Rd. is a private patrolled road in a residential zoned area of the city that has large lots and expensive homes. Many residents on this road are opposed to the pedestrian bridge crossing. Their opposition to the proposed bridge is based solely on environmental impact factors. What other reasons are there to support an opposition agenda?

Might the real issue be more social than environmental protection?

This city residential zoned area was once relatively remote. In exchange for a promise to the county assessor to grow trees on their property for commercial market sale when the trees are mature, 13 property owners holding more than 30 acres of land on this road were granted and continue to enjoy a low property tax assessment advantage of $77.07 per acre. One property owner paid $22.60 in property taxes in the current year on 3.23 acres of bare land with an assessor Real Market Value of $796,430. (https://dial.deschutes.org/Real/Index/241568). Other owners enjoy the same 77.07 per acre assessment on the portion of their land in excess of 1 acre for their residence.

This is no longer a remote private city zoned residential area even if the owners of property there are growing trees for commercial sale with an unbelievable property tax advantage in a town that no longer has a mill!

Bend is growing. Bob Brell lives on Bachelor View Rd. and has recently seen the impact of growth on his own 5 acre property. The 9.6 acre lot next to his property sold in 2016 for $8,085,000 and there are plans for a 65 home subdivision.

Growth is a social issue with environmental impact. Growth in backyards of the Mt. Bachelor View Rd. area is a fact that the residents probably don't like but can only oppose on an environmental basis. They have the financial and political resources to do that.

In a longer range view of growth there is a likely east/west traffic bridge at the point of the contended pedestrian bridge. Perhaps that is the road block reason for the wording that there be no bridge crossing. When? It is a function of growth and how long the line of cars gets waiting to cross the river. Perhaps the unstated agenda of opposition by a few to the pedestrian crossing is to inhibit a future crossing of a much greater number of river crossers?

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Posted by Tim Lester on 01/26/2018 at 9:07 AM

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