Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sunset Lake RV Park Appeal Goes To County Board Of Commissioners January 25th

Clatsop CountyCommunity Relations
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012


The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners will consider action on a citation filed by the county last year against the owners of the Sunset Lake Resort and RV Park for numerous code violations.

The issue is on the agenda for the board’s Jan. 25 meeting beginning at 6 p.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria.

Sunset Lake Resort owners, Resources Northwest Inc. and Ken Hick, have filed an appeal against a Dec. 16 ruling by a county hearings officer, Paul Elsner, who upheld the original citation and ordered the owners to pay a $4,200 fine and abide by rules governing the number and siting of units at the park.

On Jan. 25 the commissioners will consider whether to uphold the hearings officer ruling without review, conduct their own hearing on the existing record, or conduct a “de novo” hearing allowing new information.

The county issued Hick a compliance order last June for multiple violations of county codes including allowing too many permanent dwellings on the property, as well as allowing recreational vehicles to be used as dwelling units without proper utility connections.

Hick and Resources Northwest Inc. challenged the county order on the grounds that the park was “grandfathered in” as a legal, nonconforming use and does not have to abide by existing county zoning rules on number, density and location of units and other requirements.

Under Elsner’s order, the owners have until Feb. 1, 2012 to reduce the number of units to the approved maximum, have them lawfully connected to water, sewer and electrical systems, and pay all necessary permit fees.

Released by:Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622

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