The decades long problem of trying to keep southern Bayshore homes dug out from drifting sands north of Waldport may be finally coming to an end. The Lincoln County Commission agreed with planning staff and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, that the answer on the Bayshore is probably the same answer as practiced elsewhere in Seaside, Cannon Beach and other coastal communities – coordinate a dig out of the homes, push the sand toward the ocean and then plant European Beach Grass to create a barrier between the beach and the homes.
Planning Director Onno Husing said the secret will be to harness the power of Mother Nature, not fight it. He told the commissioners that the Bayshore community supports the plan that will be partially funded by federal FEMA funds and other sources. Husing says it will be a long process, but it’s probably the only viable approach to the problem. A representative from the State Land Conservation and Development Commission agreed and said the beach grass approach appears to have the greatest chance at success. He said it worked well in several areas along the Oregon Coast and it should work in Bayshore.
Husing said up ’til now, homeowners were only able to get temporary permits to dig out their individual houses, a tactic that never lasted very long. But with an overall Bayshore Plan, a sand abatement program covering the entire affected area is now possible. No word on when the project will be able to move forward, but Husing said now that all the legal provisions are about to be put in place, it’s now up to federal and other outside grant sources. Onno told the commission that the Bayshore Neighbhood Association may be involved in a number of ways as well.
The commission’s approval of the Bayshore Plan and the project (in concept) is expected to be formalized in about a month after additional public input.