Southeast Eugene land development sparks controversy in Lane County

Friday, November 3rd 2017, 2:05 pm PDT by 


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EUGENE, Ore. — A big piece of land is being developed in Lane County and it is causing some controversy.

Thousands of trees have been cleared from a 600 acre piece of land in the past few months.

The land was purchased by McDougal Brothers Investments back in 2016. The land has been divided into six legal lots, and representatives of LandWatch Lane County are outraged by the way the land is being developed.

The local non-profit group is challenging the investment group, saying the brothers are taking a Lane County Code loophole, by splitting large tracts into small lots to accommodate more large homes.

“It should be forest land, and when you turn it into five acre parcels, and pull out all the stumps, it’s never going to be forest land again, but it’s still going to be zoned forest land,” LandWatch representative Lauri Segel said.

Segel said if the company were to go about it the right way, they would conduct more environmental and public impact studies, and be legally required to break the land up into larger lots.

KEZI 9 News reached out the the McDougal brothers for comment, but did not receive a response.