SEAL ROCK — In January, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) was denied a zone change for Brian Booth State Park by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. OPRD sought a change from the current agricultural conservation and timber conservation land use zoning to public parks master plan. This change would have allowed for development of 10 campgrounds with a total of 164 campsites and a maximum overnight capacity of 485.
“In summary,” read the order issued by the county commissioners on Jan. 15, “the board finds that there is not substantial evidence that there has been a substantial change in the character of the area since zoning was adopted and which warrants the change, and that there is not substantial evidence that there is a public need for the change being sought.”
Chris Havel, OPRD associate director, said, “Obviously we didn’t appeal the decision from the commission. And, indeed, regrouping and figuring out how best to serve both the statewide need … and to make sure that it integrates well with the local community, that’s obviously going to take some time. And we’re willing to put the time into it.”
Updated: 5 days ago