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Tigard is located in Washington County in the state of Oregon. Incorporated in 1961, with a current population of over 48,000, Tigard is the 12th largest city in Oregon.
Tigard is home to a variety of parks and recreational facilities, including the city’s largest park, Cook Park. The Tigard Festival of Balloons is held at Cook Park every summer. The city is also home to the John Tigard House, which was built by members of the city’s founding family. The house was designated a national historical place in 1979. Travelers, commuters, and residents of Tigard are served by the Tigard Transit Center Station, which is a well-known train station. The city is perhaps best known for being the respondent in a landmark 1991 case for property rights, Dolan v. City of Tigard.
In other Tigard legal news, the city has recently amended its Resolution of Necessity in October of 2009. The amendment reflects changes in the city’s property market and authorizes the City Manager to negotiate agreements with property owners at the local Burnham Street. The amendment allows negotiations for property valued at up to $75,000, and allows the manager to bypass city council approval. This will considerably cut down on delays that the city has experienced in the past in negotiating property transactions. The Burnham Street project is part of the city’s larger 30-year plan for urban renewal. Some city residents are opposed to the large-scale developments.
Legal matters involving city land planning and zoning issues can involve serious decisions. Such issues often require the expertise of an experienced lawyer. There are many competent lawyers in the Tigard area, and using LegalMatch.com, an online attorney matching service, can help you find the right one. After filling out an online application with LegalMatch, clients are matched with attorneys in their area, free of charge.
Cases and lawsuits in Tigard are heard at the Tigard Municipal Court. The municipal court has jurisdiction over a variety of legal matters, including criminal misdemeanor cases, civil infractions, and traffic violations. The court is open Mondays through Fridays and also accepts credit card as a form of payment. Fees may also be paid online.
For more information on legal resources in the city of Tigard, Oregon, the following websites can be helpful: