Otter Tail Lake campground clears hurdlePublished 11:11am Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A proposed 70-acre campground that would be located near the junction of County Road 5 and State Highway 78 near Ottertail is a step closer to having its fate decided.
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners adopted a negative Environmental Impact Statement declaration Tuesday regarding the application for conditional use permit for the Homestead at Ottertail RV Park and Resort.
The EIS statement is part of the required environmental review process by the county to collect information on any negative impact projects may have on the local environment before issuing a permit. By adopting the negative declaration, the county board has found that there will be no such negative impact on the area.
Now that the EIS findings are in after an earlier Environmental Assessment Worksheet was reviewed by the county board and distributed for public comment at the end of January, the county can move forward with the permitting decision.
According to Land and Resource Management Administrator Bill Kalar, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation for the permit on May 22 barring any appeal after the EIS findings are made available to the public. That recommendation would go in front of the county board on May 28.
Owners Greg and Beth Swanberg originally applied for a conditional use permit on August 24, 2011 for the construction of a 186 dwelling cluster development at the location. Since that time, area residents and business owners have spoken out in favor and against the project. Many against the development share concerns over the increased road and lake traffic the campground would attract, while those in favor hope it will help draw more business to the area.