Ore. Campground Plan Pulled Back
In the face of some vehement opposition to its renovation plans for Sisters, Ore.’s, municipal overnight campground, the city changed course, the Nugget Newspaper reported.
The city cut the project back to only its first phase and kicking the proposal over to the Sisters Planning Commission for review.
The city’s plan for the park originally included a two-phase upgrade of spaces to full hookups, increasing the rates overall, and removing a number of trees to accommodate larger RVs.
At the outset of the meeting, Director of Public Works Paul Bertagna withdrew the $285,000 second phase of the project from consideration. Mayor Brad Boyd announced that the matter will be heard by the planning commission.
“We would like to hear your concerns,” said Boyd. “We are slowing this process down. We are bringing it back to planning commission.”
The change of course did not mollify the opposition. Those opposing the renovation base their objections in part on an apparent change of “culture” in the park — concerns that non-RV travelers will be priced out; the reduction of tent and bike sites; and the removal of a number of trees.
City staff members noted that tent and car camping will not be precluded and will be available at reasonable rates.
Sisters resident Jack Nagel presented the council with a petition containing 200 signatures opposing the upgrade.
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