Dear Long Lake Area Association members, neighbors and friends,
The Hubbard County Board of Commissioners met today and DENIED the Conditional Use Permit Application for an RV Park on Long Lake. The Commissioners deliberated and asked a number of questions regarding the proposed RV Park.
The applicant was at the meeting and presented a number of arguments as to why he felt the Conditional Use Permit should be granted. A number of neighbors were in attendance at the meeting and spoke in opposition of the proposal.
The Board of Commissioners Meeting Minutes will be out in about a month and the exact wording will be available at that time. Four of the Commissioners voted to DENY the (CUP) Conditional Use Permit. (Note: The commissioners vote has been updated here after checking with local newspapers. The vote was misstated in the Board's original letter because hearing at these meetings can be difficult as they do not always use their microphones consistently.) The primary reasons why they denied the CUP were the same reasons that, as a neighborhood and as a lake association, we have been concerned about this since Labor Day weekend when the entire lake became aware of the issue.
- The Long Lake Area Association (Hubbard County) Inc and the neighbors are NOT opposed to commercial development on Long Lake. They are NOT opposed to the development of additional RV Parks on Long Lake. It was felt the location of the proposed RV Park, located within a residential neighborhood, on a sensitive wetland that would be harmed by additional boat traffic was not a good use of the property.
- The Commissioners expressed reservations about how the land would be developed and that there wasn't a clear plan of how earth would be moved, vegetation spared and the environment protected.
- The Commissioners expressed concern over promises made by the applicant as to how the RV Park would be developed and operated, in absence of a clear construction and operating plan, given the applicant's history of violating the Shoreline Ordinance and DNR Regulations.
The issue was complex and our Commissioners take their job seriously. Jobs, economic progress and tourism are critically important to the area economy and our Commissioners are rightfully very sensitive to this issue and needed to balance that with the environmental and neighborhood impact. They did their homework, talked to neighbors, listened, asked questions, read the letters, studied data, and their reasons for denying the CUP were well thought out.
Sincerely, The Long Lake Area Association (Hubbard County) Inc, Board of Directors