- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The owners of a 54-acre property near Tumalo will not be hosting weddings after the Deschutes County commissioners decided they shouldn’t get a permit.

The Bulletin reports (http://is.gd/qGTllf ) that commissioners on Monday decided to affirm a hearings officer’s decision to deny the permit to Paul and Loreen Cooper.

The Coopers had to show that weddings would be incidental to agricultural nurses. They produce hay and sell nursery trees from the property. According to their permit application, hay bales would be available for seating and tables and trees from the farm could be used as props for wedding photos.

Past land use cases involving wedding permits set a precedent that revenue from weddings on farmland couldn’t surpass 40 percent. The Coopers calculated their wedding revenue would be 39.7 percent.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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