In a unanimous vote, the Camas City Council made a clear statement that a proposal to use the historic Farrell House for public events did not meet city code criteria and could be detrimental to the Evergreen Terrace neighborhood.
More than 50 people packed council chambers, while even more listened in the lobby as City Council deliberated for about two hours Monday night.
The motion to deny the permit request was approved based on findings that allowing the Farrell House to host special events could cause problems in the Evergreen Terrace neighborhood relating to parking, traffic, safety, noise and alcohol use. In addition, the decision was made based on the belief that the permit did not meet comprehensive plan guidelines and would be detrimental to the overall peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
In the closed-record decision, all seven council members agreed the permit request should be denied.
“I was very surprised at 7-0,” said longtime Evergreen Terrace resident Clifford “Bert” Duncan, who has been a vocal opponent of the proposal.