Columbia River Gorge commission to clarify boundaries

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A work group of the Columbia River Gorge Commission will hold a series of meetings in the coming months to clarify urban boundaries within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

The scenic area, created by an act of Congress in 1986, includes 13 designated "urban areas." But the boundaries of those areas were generally depicted by hand-drawn lines, not detailed legal descriptions. That's led to some questions and litigation over the years, according to the Gorge commission.

The Gorge commission hired professional surveyors to develop clear boundaries starting in 2012, but in some areas they were unable to determine precise locations. A technical work group will meet with a facilitator and stakeholders to resolve the uncertainties, according to the commission.

The first meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive in The Dalles, Ore. Additional meetings will follow in September, October and November, but locations have not been finalized.