Letter by Maggie Martin. Originally published in the Lake Oswego Review 9/24/15
Free speech has been exercised for nearly three years, both by supporters and opponents of the Wizer Block redevelopment. I, for one, am ready to move forward, safe in the knowledge that the new development fits a long-term vision our city fathers had for our downtown and safe in the knowledge that the project meets the highest code standards set with long-term foresight, not only by our city leaders but also by a committee of our citizens.
So exercising my free-speech rights, I am stating that I am disappointed that my taxpayer money has to go toward defending yet another appeal by a diminishing group of opponents. Their latest appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court has such little chance of success that it fits into the category of a frivolous lawsuit.
The City Council, Land Use Board of Appeals and Oregon Court of Appeals have overwhelmingly disagreed with opponents’ arguments. Our state Supreme Court reviews only 6 percent of all cases and has never taken a land use case where the Court of Appeals so resoundingly rejected the legal merits of the opposition argument.
So again, exercising my free-speech rights, I say ‘Enough!”
Vast numbers of Oswegans are excited by the potential this development offers our community. We have heard and listened to all views for almost three years. There are no more new arguments to be made.
Construction begins in a few weeks and, in true Lake Oswego fashion, we will get through that. In two years, most of us will be looking forward, not backward. We will be enjoying our new neighbors, eating and shopping in the new development and taking advantage of all it brings in the way of new property taxes. A new face in the downtown center!