The Mazama Ranch Record is Now Officially Closed. What's Next.
March 6, 2018
The record is now officially closed on the appeal of the formerly approved Mazama Ranch B&B and Campground proposal on the non-easement portion of a 2.2-acre parcel (net 1.97 acres). The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners has all the materials to consider and deliberate on.
On March 14, each will weigh in on whether they believe the approval of the project should be upheld or overturned, and since it's a majority ruling, at least 2 of the 3 commissioners will decide the outcome. While the meeting is public, no one will be allowed to participate in the discussion.
At issue is whether or not the Board affirms approval of setback waivers by the Hearings Officer for the campground. The usual setback requirement for a campground is 300 ft from a Landscape Management (LM) feature. The requirement for a waiver is that it be adequately screened and buffered from the LM feature or the property lines.
The Mazamas Foundation, representing the Mazama Ranch, believes the waivers are justified because the campground and gathering area will not visible from Crooked River Drive, the LM road, or from any property line. They have filed their final statement with the county.
The Terrebonne Neighborhood Alliance appealing the earlier decision is extremely concerned with the future interpretation of setback waivers that allow for dense commercial use to expand in the area.
Setbacks are in place to have developments mitigate noise and have them be screened from view as a conditional use of the development. The property in question is zoned Multi-Use Agricultural-10 and as such is subject to a host of conditions, including setbacks. Throughout the public process that began in August 2017, many of the conditions have been challenged and defended.
Here's where each of the sides stands as we go into this final decision on March 14.
Which way the court will decide on March 14 is a mystery. We'll be there to hear and share.