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Oregon RV Park Decision Due Nov. 10

October 24, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

Coos County’s commissioners met for 2 1/2 hours on Tuesday (Oct. 21), but still they did not decide whether to allow development of a 153-space RV park just north of Bandon, Ore.
Instead, the commissioners adjourned the hearing and decided to give the opponents seven days to respond to new evidence, and another seven days for the applicant, Indian Point Inc., to rebut, according to the Bandon Western World.
This week’s discussion was a continuation from last month’s remand hearing, required by the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). At that hearing, local attorney Reid Verner argued that more testimony was needed, since the applicant had revised his development proposal. Commissioners agreed to continue the hearing.
The Coos County Planning Commission approved the RV park in February 2007. A group of neighbors, known as the Friends of Bandon Marsh, appealed to the commissioners, joining with the Ocean Shores Coalition to oppose the project.
The commissioners upheld the planning commission’s decision, prompting the LUBA appeal. LUBA agreed that three issues needed to be clarified by the applicant. Opponents said, and LUBA agreed, that the park is urban-like in nature, and because it is in a rural area would require an exception to statewide planning goals to allow a sewage system on site.
Indian Point attorney Dan Terrell of Eugene said Tuesday that the developer has scaled down the entire plan and agreed to place conditions on the project that would adequately address LUBA’s concerns. In addition, the proposal will be developed with an on-site sewage treatment unit, conforming to Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requirements. In fact, he said, Indian Point has preliminary approval by DEQ.
Opponents disagreed that Indian Point has addressed LUBA’s concerns.
“(Terrell) is saying LUBA was wrong in its decision and that it’s an ‘everyone else is doing it, so why can’t we’ argument. But not everyone is doing this.”
Public comment will not be allowed at the Nov. 10 hearing, which is solely to allow commissioners to deliberate, county attorney Jackie Haggerty said.

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