S&V Properties' application to commercially rezone approximately 32 residential acres near the Joseph Airport and near the City of Enterprise's drinking water springs gained a key endorsement Tuesday night from the Wallowa County Planning Commission, which voted 4-1 to recommend the application's approval. The matter now moves to the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners for an actual decision. The Board of Commissioners isn't expected to take up the matter until February.

In two other advisory votes on the proposal earlier this month, the City of Enterprise's planning commission split 3-3 on the issue – essentially offering no clear recommendation to the Enterprise City Council – and the council voted 5-0 against the proposal.

The city submitted a letter of opposition to the county planning department. Three other opponents of the S&V application submitted letters that were entered into the record of Tuesday night's proceedings. The proposal meanwhile drew no letters of support.

Attorney Rahn Hostetter represented S&V and principal Paula Krieger at planners' Nov. 27 hearing.

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