Conservation group flags zoning design for Nyssa center

An artists depiction of the rail reload center after it is constructed north of Nyssa. 1000 Friends of Oregon recently sent a letter to Malheur County and the city of Nyssa about preliminary land zoning moves for the new facility. (Courtesy of Malheur County Economic Development).

VALE – A state conservation group wants Malheur County to go back and do its homework on a plan to rezone exclusive farmland for industrial use, part of a blueprint to make way for a $26 million rail reload center.

The group 1000 Friends of Oregon issued a letter last month to the Malheur County Court, Nyssa City Council, and both governments’ planning commissions. The conservation advocacy group outlined its concerns regarding a move to expand Nyssa’s urban growth boundary, which would include allowing industrial development of 128 acres now reserved exclusively for farming. Another . . .