Pamplin Media Group – Crook County Planning Commission hearing results in pushback for Crossing Trails station residents in Powell Butte

A crowd of Powell Butte residents voice their opposition to the proposed destination

Residents of Powell Butte took their first opportunity to voice their opposition to a proposed resort destination during a Crook County Planning Commission hearing last Tuesday night.

The hearing was held at Carey Foster Hall, a departure from the typical planning commission meeting place, in order to accommodate a large crowd. About 200 people attended, all of whom seemed to oppose the proposed complex.

The original application for the Crossing Trails destination station, which was filed in 2008, proposed a station on 580 acres northeast of the intersection of Wiley Road and Parrish Lane, about six miles west of Prineville.

The county planning commission held several hearings on the application between April and August, then deliberated at two public meetings in early September, concluding that the station met all applicable standards for a destination station location.

The Crossing Trails Planning Commission’s approval was appealed and the County Court subsequently considered the application. They approved it in early January 2009.

More than a decade later, the destination station request has emerged as the requester seeks approval for an edited version of the original.

The originally approved golf course was abandoned. Other changes have been made that would affect the originally proposed residential and accommodation units. The amended request calls for 400 vacation villas, 200 overnight rental cabins, 50 overnight vacation rentals and 100 workforce accommodations.

The plaintiff, Craig Kilpatrick, chose not to attend the meeting and instead requested an extension in August, which would allow more time to prepare for the hearing. The planning commission ultimately granted the extension, scheduling hearings for August 24 and 25, once again at Carey Foster Hall.

Although the applicant chose not to submit the proposal, members of the audience were invited to express their views on the project. Their testimony filled about 90 minutes of the nearly two and a half hour session. Opponents of the project raised concerns about how the station would affect traffic on Parrish Lane and Highway 126, the roads they backed are already overloaded with traffic. Several visitors expressed concern that the resort draws groundwater from the area, while others wondered how the resort’s sewage would be managed.

County Planning Department staff noted that the applicant will need to work with state agencies on all water and wastewater issues. The applicant should work with the Oregon Department of Transportation on any traffic impacts on the highway.

A concern was also raised about how the station would affect the electricity available in the Powell Butte area.

In addition to infrastructure issues, several residents expressed frustration that adding a compound would disrupt the cowboy, farming, and ranching lifestyle in Powell Butte and turn it into a similar community. in Bend.

County planning staff plan to upload new information about the proposal, as they receive it, to the planning department’s website. The planning commission will continue to keep the file open, allowing people to continue to provide written testimonials about the proposal. And people will again have the opportunity to voice their concerns when the hearing continues in late August.

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