A California real estate agent hopes to build a campground north of Bend, Ore., but is getting push back from his neighbor, who argues the project prompts wildfire and livability concerns, according to The Bulletin.
Shawn Kormondy, of Beverly Hills, wants to build a year-round campground with 10 tents and five yurts off of U.S. Highway 97 near Fort Thompson Lane by spring. It would feature a central campfire area and short trails to a natural lava canyon on the nearly 10-acre property, according to county documents.
The idea for a campsite, which would be called Roadhouse Ranch & Camp, is inspired by the years he spent coming to visit Central Oregon as a child, Kormondy said.
“Now, I’m in a place in my life where I can make some investments and follow a passion,” Kormondy said. “My passion is to create this unique, family-friendly camping experience, and potentially do campsites like this across the West Coast. This is a passion project I’d love to execute.”
But neighboring property owner Cramer Farms LLC, operated by longtime Bend developer Aaron Lafky, and other neighbors fear the site is practically incompatible for the relatively rural area. Neighbors also fear the development could cause traffic issues, create extra noise and light from camp activities and prompt wildfire concerns in a high-risk area.
“It just seems like an inappropriate use of the land,” Lafky said Monday (Sept. 16). “(Kormondy) doesn’t have enough to accommodate the level of use he’s proposing.”
At a hearing last week, Lafky and his attorney, Liz Fancher, argued that the project, which could host about 90 people at full capacity, would bring more light, noise and other disturbances to the three residences he rents out south of Kormondy’s lot.
But the concern shared most commonly by neighbors is the fire risk, and whether the proposed campsite was equipped to handle it if a fire broke out.
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