Group upset with handling of development proposals

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A conservation group in Eugene is troubled by Lane County's handling of development and land use proposals.

The Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/rycC33 ) says that LandWatch Lane County intends to ask the state to intervene unless the county addresses its concerns.

Kent Howe, the head of the county planning department, disagrees with issues raised by the conservation group. He says the county has changed its processing of applications while incorporating the recommendations of conservation groups including LandWatch.

LandWatch says it wants the county to meet timelines and other requirements for development applications and cites four cases. But Howe says the county has processed more than 3,100 development applications since 2001, during which time only a half-dozen or so ended up in court.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com