THE HOOD RIVER COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION NEEDS YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT
FOR A DESTINATION RESORT! KEEP COOPER SPUR WILD AND FREE!
Hood River County is proposing a destination resort zoning ordinance.
The ordinance will include a map showing where a new destination resort
zone could potentially allow a destination resort. The ordinance provides
direction to the County Planning Commission, Staff and Board of County
Commissioners on how the new zoning category will protect and enhance
economic, natural, historic, scenic, farm and forest and other
The County Planning Commission is asking citizens and groups for input
to make improvements to the proposal. While there are some good aspects
to the proposal, the ordinance and map as proposed are woefully
inadequate. Due to major omissions, the ordinance in its current form will not
protect significant County resources we all hold dear. The map also contains
inaccuracies and omissions. Resorts approved under the current
ordinance could harm the ailing economy and agricultural economic base. The
following major points should be made.
* Mt. Hood National Forest lands should not be considered in
the County zoning analysis. Too much of Mt. Hood NF is already used for
private development. County zoning cannot apply to federal lands.
Showing zoning on National Forest lands would be used later as a rationale to
exchange federal lands to a private developer.
* The proposed ordinance does not protect farm and forest
lands. The ordinance and mapping need to be strengthened to conserve and
enhance agriculture, the County's number one industry, and forestlands.
* The map showing eligible areas for the proposed destination
resort zone contains major errors that need correction, particularly
with delineation of farms. This is critical, as the map currently drawn does
not protect all significant farmland.
* The 3-mile buffer between a concentration of high value farm
land and destination resorts is too small to protect farms and farming
areas from the negative impacts of destination resorts. These negative
impacts include traffic, incompatible uses, increased land values due
to speculation, increased farming costs and increased cost of services.
The Planning Commission should make every effort to include all farms in
the "concentration of farms" to make the 3 mile buffer reach as far away as
possible from farming areas.
* The map is particularly inaccurate in the south, where a
different process was used to create it than for any other part, and
where Mt. Hood Meadows is proposing to apply for a destination resort.
Mapping should be done consistently across the County.
* Mapping inaccuracies should be closely studied and explained
before any proposal to adopt the map is considered.
* The ordinance needs revision to protect domestic watersheds
such as the Crystal Springs District.
* Destination resorts must be compatible with adjacent land
uses, especially farm and forest lands. The ordinance does not now provide
* Historic resource settings, such as the Tilly Jane and Cloud
Cap Historic District must be protected.
* Lands on adjacent tracts must not be used for facilities
connected to or supporting the destination resort. That violates the
Oregon planning statutes and would promote sprawl on lands not intended
for destination resorts, such as farm or forest areas.
* Economic costs to the County, State agencies and farming and
forestry operations must be analyzed, disclosed and covered by the
destination resort developers. Currently the ordinance only provides
for analyzing the economic impacts with no requirement to cover the costs.
COMMENTS TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY,
Mail comments to:
By US mail:
Hood River County Planning Commission
Hood River County Courthouse
309 State Street
Hood River, OR 97031
Or by Email to the Hood River County Planning Commission at
Hood River County Planning Department firstname.lastname@example.org