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TUESDAY, APR 1, 2014  |  3 comments
Pastor warned not to hold weddings, church services in home

A Central Oregon man who has run afoul of the local government because he holds commercial weddings on land zoned for farm use has now been warned about church services on the property.

John Shepherd, a 56-year-old pastor, said he hosts small, nondenominational services out of his home on the Sisters-area property, with about 12 regular attendees.

A recent letter from Deschutes County's Community Development Department informed him of "an alleged violation of the County Code associated with your property; specifically, that a church has located at the property without required land use approval." ...


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penny  Find all comments by penny
nanny was jealous she wasn't invited to the wedding.
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Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
I would suggest the whole article be read. The last paragraph or so are the most interesting of the short article. Is the problem about the use of property or the safety of the users?
Since the last paragraph implies the property hasn't been visited by building approvers, and the 7th paragraph says so clearly, then it cannot be a safety issue that instigated the violation of code. And:

"recent letter from Deschutes County's Community Development Department informed him of "an alleged violation of the County Code associated with your property; specifically, that a church has located at the property without required land use approval."

This comes about from the false notion that a church meeting at a house on private property is a business, requiring permission to do so. Odds are it's the permit fee they miss.

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Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I would suggest the whole article be read. The last paragraph or so are the most interesting of the short article. Is the problem about the use of property or the safety of the users?
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