Earlier this month, the Goodhue County (Min..) Board voted 4-1 to rezone a 26-acre parcel abutting Lake Byllesby for commercial recreational use.

But, the Post Bulletin reported, any attempt to bring a commercial campground to the Goodhue County side of the lake will likely be met with opposition, said Dave Pederson, chairman of the Stanton Township Board.

While the county has paved the way for commercial recreational projects on the land, any plans would need to be approved by the Stanton Township Board.

Pederson said, “Myself, personally, I don’t have anything against it. But the residents will react the same as they did before.”

A public-private partnership to create a campground with bike and canoe rentals was scuttled in October. While increased cost estimates doomed that project, the plan faced many critics among residents who live near the Lake Byllesby site. “If the residents are against it, it won’t happen,” Pederson said.

One resident who lives near the site is fellow Stanton Township Supervisor Ken Burns. Pederson said Burns has been a vocal critic of any commercial campground in the area, a fact that was driven home when he appeared at the Goodhue County Board meeting as a private citizen to oppose the rezoning.

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