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Thread #116387 Message #2500151
Posted By: Ebbie
22-Nov-08 - 02:06 PM
Thread Name: Dad ordered to pull down treehouse
Subject: RE: Dad ordered to pull down treehouse
The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular canyon thousands of feet deep that serves as a border between Oregon and Washington State. Over the years Oregon has been circumspect about what building and development they allow while Washington had not. Which translated to the fact that Washingtonians had a beautifully pristine view across the river while Oregonians saw sawmills, hotels and a hodge podge of houses, huts and mansions.
Since then, Washington has instituted new regulations that specified that any new building has to be set back far enough that it is not visible from the roads or it must blend into existing natural surroundings.
I remember some years back when a couple built their 'dream house', a large edifice that was clearly within the disallowed area, having built outside their permits. The state told them they had to pull it down. The couple went to court to save their place.
I don't know the outcome.