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Mary’s Campground


Fri, Jun 30th, 2006
Posted in Government

Ivan Naber told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday that he is no longer interested in expanding Eagle Cliff campground near Whalan as planned. In a letter to the county board, Ivan and Harold Naber’s attorney, Tim Murphy of Caledonia, indicated that Harold would be buying out Ivan’s interests in the property to be developed.

In May 2005, the board granted a conditional use permit to Eagle Cliff to expand from 175 to 227 sites conditional on the campground receiving all necessary permits, including a sewer permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Because the expansion would put the campground over the 10,000 gallon per day threshold for water consumption, Eagle Cliff would be required to pre-treat fluids before it goes into a septic system and is discharged into a drainfield. The 10,000 gallon per day limit also brings the MPCA in as the regulating authority. A sewer system of this type would cost in excess of $40,000.

Eagle Cliff will apparently stay the same size as it always has been. Ivan told the board that they no longer want the conditional use permit and the owners will write a letter to the county to that effect. According to Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norm Craig, the Naber’s plan on selling Eagle Cliff to other parties.

Meanwhile, next door to Eagle Cliff, Harold and his wife Mary plan on opening a second, and very separate, operation called Mary’s Campground on the land originally planned for the Eagle Cliff expansion. Harold and Mary filed a new application with the county zoning office for a conditional use permit for 49 sites on May 23, 2006. Because Mary’s Campground would use less than 10,000 gallons of water per day, jurisdiction would be handled by the county, requiring a normal, and less costly, septic system. The new campground would need to have its own well, however.

The application was signed by Mary and Harold Naber although the Fillmore County Recorder’s office indicates that the property is owned by both brothers and their wives.

The application is planned to be heard at the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on July 20, 2006.

According to Craig, the county’s role in reviewing this application is the protection of the environment along the Root River.

“The board can still order that Mary’s Campground meet the higher standard (over 10,000 gallons per day) because of the combined impact of the two campgrounds,” Craig said.

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