Recently, the Cannon Beach City Council revised the dune management plan to exclude dune grading for views.
Following this plan update, the Chapman Point and Breakers Point homeowners’ associations filed with the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) to be allowed to grade the dunes.
They advocate “dune grading to allow restoration of a healthy, natural dune ecosystem,” rather than stipulating their true motivation of dune grading for views - to revive property values they believe have been diminished by not having a view from their window.
It is unfortunate that in these COVID-19 times, when business owners and people are struggling to survive financially, that these two homeowners’ associations have seen fit to force the city to spend limited taxpayer financial resources on attorneys.
Money spent on attorneys would be better spent supporting financially impacted small businesses and single-parent families that are experiencing significant hardship, rather than accommodating the desire of a limited number of homeowners for a view when the beach is only a few steps away from their homes.