Coos County, Ore., commissioners will once again hear testimony on the 179-unit RV park proposed for the old Rogge Mill site in Bandon, Ore.
They’ve scheduled a public hearing on the case Friday (Aug. 29) at the courthouse in Coquille, according to the Coos Bay World.
This latest land use round started in January, when the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) told commissioners the applicant, Indian Point Inc., must revisit issues appellants felt were not adequately addressed. In July, Indian Point filed a request for a remand hearing with Coos County.
Sewage treatment is one issue up for discussion.
Dawn Vonderlin, who, along with several others, filed the LUBA appeal, said sewage treatment is clearly defined by state land use laws and exceptions to those laws would be required to proceed with the project as it was originally presented. Opponents also will be watching closely to see how commissioners respond to LUBA’s view the RV park would be an urban development, and whether they will grant exceptions to land use rules.
“I don’t think they even have the authority to do that,” Vonderlin said.
The RV park would feature semi-permanent dwellings, a convenience store, a caretaker’s residence, a recreation center and other accessory buildings. They would be placed on 21 acres of the 42-acre parcel on the east side of U.S. Highway 101. The proposed development also includes, in phases, a boat launch, fishing piers, a floating dock and a tackle/rental shop.
Indian Point Project Manager Jan Sirchuck said the company will clarify the issues on urbanization, sewage treatment and how the wastewater effluent and groundwater will be used.
“Either the county will accept or reject it,” Sirchuck said. “We’re committed to it. We’ve spent years and years getting it going so we could do an RV park, and we haven’t changed our minds.”
Sirchuck said Indian Point has openly stated its intentions throughout the hearing process.
“People seem surprised, but I think it’s the same old deal, with a few people who don’t want it to happen in their backyard, for whatever reason,” he said. “We want to have a project there, and we are committed to it.”
Sirchuck said when the land was rezoned, RV parks became an outright allowed use of the property.
“It’s just a matter of what it looks like,” he said.
But Vonderlin and others disagree.
“There’s a lot of serious issues involved,” she said. “It definitely affects us and our beautiful surroundings.”