Hearings officer rejects Hyatt resort expansion

A Jackson County hearings officer has rejected expansion plans at Hyatt Lake Resort and has nullified earlier planning decisions that allowed for densely packed dwellings on the property.

In a 53-page decision mailed Friday, Donald Rubenstein said what the owner of the resort describes as park model recreational vehicles are in fact dwellings that potentially pose a fire danger for the resort and the surrounding forested area.

"The absence of setbacks and other standards that are conventionally applied to high-density residential developments substantially increases the likelihood that once the unit is substantially involved in a fire, nearby decks, cabanas, and park models will ignite as well," stated Rubenstein.

The owners want to install recreational vehicles that resemble small cabins on 35 spaces, but county planners determined they actually are entitled to only 22 spaces that can have water, electricity and sewage hook-ups.

Bob McNeely, one of the resort owners, has said previously that he has already sold units that look like cabins on the 22 recreational vehicle sites and was in the process of selling four on the 13 contested sites when he got shut down by the county.

McNeely has 21 days to decide if he wants to appeal Rubenstein's decision to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

— Damian Mann

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