- Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
- Area(s) of Law: Land Use
- Date Filed: 04-11-2012
- Case #: A150018
- Judge(s)/Court Below: Schuman, P.J. for the Court; Wollheim, J.; and Nakamoto, J.
- Full Text Opinion
Petitioner Rudell sought judicial review of the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) decision to affirm the City of Bandon's (City) denial of a permit to build a home. Rudell applied for a permit in the City's "shore land overlay" zone, which the City denied under Bandon Municipal Code (BMC) 17.24.040(D), forbidding structures to be on identified foredunes. The City's definition of "foredune" did not clarify certain terms in the clause, thus the City relied on Webster's Third New Int'l Dictionary for clarification. From this definition, the City denied Rudell's application. The Court of Appeals held that despite a lack of ambiguity in the word "foredune", the City correctly relied on Webster's to specify the scope of "foredune". Thus, the City's interpretation was not inconsistent with the BMC. Additionally, the Court held that for purposes of ORS 197.307(6) (2009) and ORS 227.173(1), the interpretation was sufficiently clear and objective. Affirmed.