PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon agency has filed a lawsuit against neighbors it says cut down dozens of protected trees to improve the view from their homes.
The Oregonian reports that regional planning agency Metro filed the $661,000 suit against two Gresham couples Friday. It claims they cut down 44 trees in a 400-foot swath of protected nature area next to their homes to improve their views of the city below.
The lawsuit says the couples’ side-by-side homes are perched on Gresham Butte, overlooking a scenic landscape.
The suit claims the changes increased the value of David El-Khal’s and Alyce Hadeed El-Khal’s home by more than $79,000 and boosted the value of Stephen and Judith Brugh’s home by at least $39,000.
David El-Khal and Stephen Brugh declined to comment on the case.