|Coos: Bandon RV Park|
| May 1 2009 -- Jun 1 2009 LUBA Prohibits RV Park Adjacent to Bandon Marsh|
Site of proposed RV Park, adjacent to Coquille Bridge and Bandon Marsh. In a stunning opinion, LUBA reversed Coos County's approval of the Coquille RV proposal that Oregon Shores and local residents have been fighting for more than two years. This was the second round of appeals. Back in 2008 Coos County approved the 179-slot RV park proposed by Hank Westbrook on the Coquille River two miles north of Bandon. Oregon Shores and local residents appealed to LUBA, which remanded the case back to Coos County for more work and better consideration of some legal requirements. But the only real change in the new proposal was slightly reducing the number of RV spaces to approximately 150 slots. Coos County approved the "revised" application, and Oregon Shores appealed to LUBA again.
In this new opinion, LUBA reversed the County's decision as a matter of law, holding that it did not meet the requirements of Goal 11 (Public Facilities and Services) and Goal 14 (Urbanization). This is principally because Westbrook was proposing, not a traditional RV park, but a permanent urban cluster of "park model" RVs, which would stay in place, though the tenants might change. LUBA noted that this is rather like a hotel, and is contrary to the land use laws, which require urban densities to be confined to urban areas.
Coos BoC 11/26/08 Notice of Adoption
LUBA 1/14/2008 Remand Decision
Chronology of Bandon Marsh articles
| Feb 1 2009 -- Apr 30 2009 Coos Board Reapproves Bandon RV Park with Minor Changes|
Just north of Bandon lies the federal Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge along the Coquille River. Adjacent to the Marsh, just east of the Coquille River bridge, is a large parcel of land that currently has an old lumber mill. The owner, Hank Westbrook, wants to turn this site into a 179-space RV park. It would have "park model" RVs, which are movable permanent homes. This would be a village ...
| Jan 23 2008 -- Feb 23 2008 Bandon RV Park Bounced back to Coos Commissioners|
The Land Use Board of Appeals remanded the proposal for a large RV park on the Coquille River back to Coos County for further work. Oregon Shores and several local citizens appealed the Coos County Board of Commissioners' decision to permit the RV park, which would allow an urban-level use outside the Urban Growth Boundary of Bandon. Further, the approval would have allowed a major sanitary ...
| Oct 17 2007 -- Jan 17 2008 RV Park Proposed adjacent to Bandon Marsh NWR|
Coos County, Bandon, October 17, 2007: Just north of Bandon lies the federal Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge along the Coquille River. Adjacent to the Marsh, just east of the Coquille River bridge, is a large parcel of land that currently has an old lumber mill. The owner, Hank Westbrook, wants to turn this site into a 179-space RV park. It would have "park model" RVs, which are movable ...