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Hidden Valley CUP for Rental Cabins Goes to County Board for Approval


Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner

Tom and Shelly Kraetsch came to the Planning Commission last spring with an application to add camping cabins to their campground, only to take back their application to allow the commission time to amend their ordinance. With the amended ordinance in place to allow for camping cabins the couple applied for a CUP to expand Hidden Valley Campground with 5 rental cabins and 5 tent sites, for a total of 41 sites. The Planning Commission approved the CUP with one condition at their August 16 meeting, sending it to the county board for final approval.

Tom Kraetsch noted that he intends to rent the cabins seasonally, or weekly/monthly if there are vacancies. The cabins will have three rooms including one bedroom and one bathroom. Each will have a kitchenette and have heating and air conditioning. Water will come from the campground’s private well. There will be one parking spot per cabin. There are plans to install a 3,000 gallon septic tank. The five tent sites will be located near the river.

Hidden Valley Campground is located in Section 5, Preston Township. During the public hearing there was no comment from township supervisors. Neighbor Dale Loeffler requested signage to keep an easement road private. He was concerned about camping vehicles coming down the dead end drive and parked vehicles on the drive, blocking his access. Loeffler asked that a ditch be maintained for runoff.

The commission added the condition to the CUP requiring that signs be installed at the intersection of the road easement reading: Private Drive, No Turn Around, and No Parking Beyond This Point.

Wind Energy Conversion

Systems Ordinance

There have been 18 CUPs granted for wind turbines or meteorological towers since mid 2007. The last one in early August was for a small 400 watt system with a 29 foot tower. The commission discussed allowing small systems like that one to be simply permitted rather than going though the CUP process. Zoning Administrator Chris Graves proposed a definition for a Micro-Wind Energy Conversion System which would not require an application for a CUP.

The proposal is for the small systems to be a permitted use in the Ag District only, be 1 kW generating capacity or less and have a supporting tower of 75 feet or less. Duane Bakke was alright with the 75 foot height, as silos can be taller. They shouldn’t pose a problem for air travel. The Micro systems will be prohibited in R-1 Districts.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on September 20, There will be two public hearings, one on the Micro system amendment discussed above and one on removing the city of Ostrander from the county ordinance.

Graves expects two CUP applications for feedlots will also be on the agenda.

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