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Commission approves Bend Trap CLub request

Project includes 26 trap fields

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The Crook County Planning Commission passed a motion Wednesday night approving the purchase of 633 acres of land by the Bend Trap Club.
   The club is hoping to build a complex large enough to host regional shooting events. Their present site, located off of Brosterhous Road in Bend, is only 40 acres.
   "It seemed like the commission was satisfied that the applicant had met every effort to appease any conditions," said Crook County Planning director Bill Zelenka. "[The] commission felt pretty comfortable with their decision."
   The motion will be made official once it goes into writing. It will then enter a 12-day appeal period.
   "The motion was made tentative, because it still has to go into writing," said Zelenka. "It will be put on the next available consent agenda."
   The planning commission did not accept the application outright, however, placing 10 conditions on it.
   The trap club, among other things, must not build cabins, cannot install water and sewer facilities, and must relocate its shooting areas to the northern part of the property during the winter months.
   Because it is a farm-use zone, the club is required to make their lodging facilities as primitive as possible.
   "Private parks are allowed in these zones as long as the recreational activities are geared towards people staying in the park," said Zelenka.
   The club is planning to build a complex that would include 26 trap fields, 243 campsites, 10 yurts, an 84-space parking lot, a firearms training facility, a caretaker's residence and a 3,800-square-foot clubhouse.
   Several neighbors of the proposed site expressed initial concern that the new complex would adversely affect their livestock.
   The commission ruled against them.
   "They felt that because of the location of the actual site, and by installing proper fencing and not allowing any additional OHV trails, there would be no additional noise that wasn't already there," said Zelenka.
   The property is abutted to the north, west and south by BLM land, including a section of the Millican Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System.
   The commission voted 4-1, Wednesday, in favor of the trap club. Commissioner Kim Kambak represented the lone 'no' vote.
   "There was enough opposition testimony that I felt like someone had to represent them," she said. "Many of their questions, I felt, were left unanswered."
   She added, however, that she was not necessarily opposed to the club.
   "With the conditions placed, I think it will be a nice addition to the community," she said.