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No RV park, say mountain residents

Permit will allow for construction of 99 unit park in Brightwood


A permitting proposal to build a RV park in Brightwood is already drawing fire from area residents, with many fearing the plan’s potential damage to the community and saying they will unite to stop it.

About 50 people attended a meeting on Sunday, March 13, at the Dragonfly Café & Bakery in Welches to hear more about the conditional-use permit.

The meeting’s overall message: Voice your concerns to county officials.

“We are going to be heard,” said Joyce Stone, an area resident who facilitated the meeting.

The proposed permit allows for the construction and operation of an RV park with 99 campsite spaces on a 9.08-acre parcel at 61999 E. Highway 26.

According to the Clackamas County permit documents, the park would have an office, clubhouse, laundry facilities and shower, and operate every day of the week. It also calls for a septic dumpsite, detention ponds and on-site water well.

It would have two on-site employees and be staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Access would be off Highway 26.

During the meeting, attendees expressed concerns ranging from the plan’s environmental impact as well as how such a park might negatively affect those living nearby.

They worried over what they judged to be the open-ended nature of the conditional-use permit, which they believe could allow for undesirable changes to the plan once the permit has been granted.

Some attendees said they didn’t like the idea of an RV park marring what they considered to be the scenic entrance to Mt. Hood. One of those was Jane Gille, whose property is adjacent to the proposed park site.

Gille said she has heard from people as far away as Bend, Prineville and Madras expressing fears over the project.

“When change comes up that’s not for the benefit of all, I think it should be addressed,” Gille said.

Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard was also among the attendees.

Bernard encouraged attendees to make their concerns known in writing, and to be specific in their complaints. Based on what he had seen of the plans at the meeting, he believed it would be “extremely difficult to get this to happen.”

“For that size of a campground, it would have to be a pretty big septic system. And I’m not sure you can build one that big in the county,” he said.

Kashmir Dhadwal is the owner of the property that is undergoing the permitting. Reached by phone on Tuesday, he said that he did not know about Sunday’s meeting. He declined to comment until he could learn what had been discussed.

“I would like to find out a little bit more, and then I can say more,” Dhadwal said.

The conditional-use permit is set for a public hearing date before the Clackamas County land-use hearings officer at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the Clackamas County Development Services Building Auditorium, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

Prior to the hearing, residents have until March 24 to write to county staff to share their concerns.

For more information, contact Sandy Ingalls at 503-742-4532 or sandying@clackamas.us, or visit clackamas.us/planning/hearingsofficer.html

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