Could This Be the FINAL DeCision on the Mazama Ranch Development at Smith Rock?
March 15, 2018
Yesterday the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners split the difference on the appeal of the formerly approved Mazama Ranch B&B and Campground development. Yes to the B&B, no to the campground application.
As they sat down to go through a dozen separate issues related to the appeal, (142 page Deliberation Packet with Decision Matrix) it became apparent early on that it was hard for some of the commissioners to see how the campground could work.
Commissioner Henderson was "uncomfortable with the campground, seeing too many activities on too small a property. (1.97 acres)," and went on to say "it would have a noticeable impact on the community." Commissioner Baney agreed, saying "given the size of the property and level of use in a residential area other area rentals such as AirBnbs would not have the impact scale of what's being proposed."
As they worked through each of the issues the question of setbacks that were needed for the campground to work in the small footprint with the B&B, along with berms and fences to mitigate noise and provide screening, did not appear to meet the overarching condition of compatibility and harmony with the area.
We asked the Mazamas Foundation team where they stood with the decision and whether they planned to appeal to LUBA, (Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals) and they did not have an immediate position. They planned to regroup with the rest of the team in Portland. Here's what they did have to say.
The Terrebonne Neighborhood Alliance (TNA), which includes the appellant, Marla Gibson, did issue a statement:
So from the sounds of it, we're not quite done. The Board needs to officially sign off on the decision once it is drafted, the Mazamas Foundation will need to modify their sitemap to show just the B&B if they decide to accept the decision, and TNA will review the new sitemap.
Of course, the Mazamas could still appeal.