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Oregon Park Plan Gets Further Airing

September 9, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

People will get another chance to tell Coos County, Ore., commissioners their thoughts on an RV park proposed north of Bandon, Ore.
The commissioners agreed last week to extend their hearing on the Indian Point development after local attorney Reid Verner argued that fairness required taking more testimony, according to the Bandon Western World. Representing John Baxter, one of the neighbors who appealed the project’s previous approval, Verner said that because new testimony was submitted by the applicant, Indian Point Inc., anyone with standing should be allowed to testify, too.
The county’s notice for last week’s hearing had said only parties to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) appeal could testify. So Commissioners Nikki Whitty, John Griffith and Kevin Stufflebean agreed to a continuance.
The continued hearing will be advertised with the new stipulations, Coos County Planning Director Patty Evernden said.
Verner also argued that the county erred on allowing the application to be resubmitted, saying the applicant had missed the deadline based on LUBA’s final order. County Counsel Jackie Haggerty rejected that argument and advised the board to proceed.
Indian Point attorney Dan Terrell of Eugene said the applicant has scaled back the plans for the RV park to address LUBA’s concerns. Now, 153 spaces, rather than 179 are planned, Terrell said. In addition, the planned convenience store, RV park office, tackle shop and rental shop have been consolidated into a single structure, and the community building has been reduced to 4,500 square feet. The applicant also said it would limit stays to 45 days.
In addition, the proposal will be developed with an on-site, mechanical sewage treatment unit, conforming to Department of Environmental Quality permit requirements.
Terrell argued that exceptions to statewide planning goals were not necessary, as the length of stay would be limited to preclude occupancy, that the density issue had been addressed and that an on-site sewage system should be allowed.
“I think it’s a good design and a great plan for that site,” said Indian Point project manager Jan Sirchuk. “Right now it’s a blight and our proposal is right in line with building economic growth and stability.”
Verner also objected to the plans for sewage treatment, saying the applicants erred in stating they don’t need an exception to statewide planning goals.
The 45-day rule would be impossible to enforce, he contended.
A few others spoke, including Roger Straus, who represented a the city of Bandon, saying the city is a “neutral party.”
“We’re just raising the concerns we have,” Straus said.
“The city is very interested in this and we just want to continue to participate because it is in our neighborhood,” he said.

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