Two condomimium owners were duking it out before the Depoe Bay City Council Tuesday night, one owner trying to prevent another from adding on to his development across an empty lot. Both share breathtaking views of Depoe Bay off Northwest Sunset Street, right off Highway 101.
In the pictures, you can see the white-roofed The Harbor at Depoe Bay condos just east of the Inn at Arch Rock. Inn at Arch Rock owner Glenn Petry wants to build a three story addition to his inn. The owner of The Harbor at Depoe Bay wants the city council to tell Petry no. The Harbor attorney David Phillips argued that Petry’s addition should be pulled back from the bluff a full 40 feet as prescribed by city codes. Petry’s attorney Dennis Bartoldus pointed to the fact that The Harbor itself is not forty feet back from the bluff because the 40 foot rule was not in place when it was built. Bartoldus added that a number of set back exceptions have been granted to developments by the city in the past. Bartoldus also pointed to the Depoe Bay Planning Commission’s recommended approval for his client’s expansion as proof of that tradition of exceptions.
Inn at Arch Rock’s Petry said claims that his expansion would block views and reduce property values for those owning condos at The Harbor are not true and that there is no reason why his property should not be allowed to expand.
The city council said it would allow the public comment period to remain open until 5pm, July 27th with final written arguments from the attornies due in to city hall by August 3rd. A council decision on the matter is expected in late August.