Side Notes: Hearing for Tumalo Irrigation District

Hearing regarding TID Code Enforcement Complaint: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 3:00pm at Deschutes County Offices 1300 NW Wall St.

Side Notes 4/6-4/13 by Sherron Lumley, published in The Source Weekly

A hearing will be held later in April regarding a new code enforcement complaint against Tumalo Irrigation District (TID). This is regarding large scale, unpermitted excavation and removal of material conducted for several weeks during this winter deer migration season. Previously, similar activities were shut down by regulatory authorities. 

A 1988 deed restriction requires the land be managed for the benefit of wildlife.

The Community Development Department is tasked to review whether this activity, in the Winter Deer Range, was illegal and what amount of penalty, if any, to assess against TID. 

This comes on the heels of a written decision earlier this year against TID by Deschutes County Hearings Officer Karen Green. That decision was regarding unpermitted development of recreational use of a reservoir for water skiing and wakeboarding on subject property zoned Rural Residential and within the Wildlife Area Combining Zone.