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Shoshone Board to Hear RV Park Appeal

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Idaho‘s Shoshone Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing this week regarding a conditional use permit (CUP) granted to an RV park close to Burke.

In June 2021, the Shoshone County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the CUP for Lisa Johnston. She sought approval to construct an RV park with multiple spaces near Burke Road.

After the CUP’s approval, several appeals have been made, one of which was filed by Carolyn Collins and Bryan Stepro.

The hearing was attempted in December but could not proceed due to technical issues.

In a letter to BOCC, Collins pointed out the increasing popularity of alternative living options (including RVs and short-term rentals). She stated that this problem was due to the number of rental properties available for rent plummeting.

In this particular case, she told BOCC that the option she thinks is the most effective would be the requirement of business licenses and then enforcing the current zoning codes.

“Not much can be done for the campground situation unless they are made to move so often like the parks require,” Collins said. “Our own zoning codes can remedy some of this by simply making them (the owners of the properties) get a business license and a CUP.”

Collins stated that short-term rentals require CUPs to restrict the number of guests living there, as well in the way that current codes for RVs state that they are not permitted to be utilized as permanent residences. In other words, without special permits, only one is allowed per acre of property.

The public hearing will be held today at Shoshone County Courthouse.

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