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Commissioners hear debate over B&B by Smith Rock

Will decide later; also look to deny pot facility

Proposed Smith Rock B-B brings debate

TERREBONNE, Ore. - Deschutes County commissioners took testimony on a land-use appeal Monday and will decide if a bed-and-breakfast near Smith Rock State Park will get the green light. 

Mazamas, a climbing group, has a 2.5-acre property located at the corner of NE Crooked River Drive and Smith Rock Loop in Terrebonne. 

The plan was approved by county land use staff earlier this year, but some neighbors appealed the decision.

Luis Elenes, who owns property in the area, told NewsChannel 21 the proposed B&B and campsite would create too much noise and ruin the tranquil mood in the area. 

"I'm not satisfied with the proposal ,and it's not because they're not trying," Elenes said. "It's just simply because the space is too small. You can't fit 32 users into such a small space and really mitigate the noise.

"Again, the noise is not going to be during the day, it's going to be into the night and it's going to be year-round, which is not established uses in the area," he added said. 

Adam Baylor, the Mazamas' stewardship and advocacy manager, said the facility actually would hold up to 28 people. The non-profit organization said it has conducted noise studies that show there would be minimal impact on the neighbors. 

"I think, as a property owner, we're really excited to be able to do something with this property that benefits the community," Baylor said. "It meets some needs and demands, such as increased lodging in the area, but to do it in a way that really kind of fits with the rural character of Terrebonne." 

Baylor said if the proposal is allowed to move forward, the B&B would attract tourism dollars to the area.

County commissioners did not make a decision on the appeal process on Monday afternoon. They could make a decision within the next few weeks.

Do you think overnight lodging should be allowed near Smith Rock State Park? It's the topic of our new KTVZ.COM Poll. Find it halfway down the right side of our home page.

On another land use debate, commissioners deliberated Monday and appeared ready to uphold an appeal and overturn county staff's decision to approve a marijuana production and processing facility on SW Highland Avenue (Hwy. 126) near Redmond.

Commissioners Tammy Baney and Phil Henderson said they were interested in denying the request, while colleague Tony DeBone was in favor of supporting the staff’s decision, with added conditions of approval. Planner Cynthia Schmidt said the staff will draft a decision to bring back to the board for review and a final decision, hopefully on Dec. 27. The county's decision is expected to be appealed to the state Land Use Board of Appeals.


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