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Washington Residents Oppose Potential Business Park With Housing, RV Park

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Nearby residents opposed plans to create a small country lane off Interstate 5‘s exit 48 and develop the natural setting.

According to a report, Larsen Lane residents spoke out against plans to a 200-unit RV park as well as, offices, commercial space, and 200 multifamily housing units. Larsen Lane residents claimed that the plans of the developer to expand the lane would affect their property values and take some of their lands. The increased traffic will make their homes unsafe and add litter to the natural environment.

Residents were also worried about what would happen to the osprey, bald eagles, and Canadian geese that call the land home if a business park was constructed.

The potential park would be located on a peninsula that is surrounded by the Cowlitz River and Salmon Creek and Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway. There is only one development nearby — houses along Larsen Lane, which runs behind Timberlake Church at Huntington Avenue.

18 neighbors signed letters stating that Larsen Lane should be kept as a dead-end street and that the city should install a locked gate at its southern end for emergency access.

Compass Group LLC is the potential developer. It is based in Battle Ground and plans show that nearly half of Castle Rock’s property would be used for offices or light industrial purposes. According to the developer, one of the major goals of the project would be to put up employment, the report mentioned.

According to the developer, a new road will be constructed off Huntington Avenue, near the I-5 exit, to get to the site. However, Larsen Lane will eventually be improved and used for access to the park.

Larsen Lane would host the housing and commercial space. There will be landscaping around the perimeter and a path. The Cowlitz River would be close to the RV park. It would allow public access to the Cowlitz River with the possibility of launching a kayak or boat. Public access would also be provided to the Department of Natural Resources land nearby. According to the developer, the property’s wetlands will be protected by creating open space around them, the report stated.

According to the report, Dorhn, the City Planner, stated that the property is currently zoned industrial. This means that more companies could move to the area without residential buffers. Recently, the city changed regulations to allow developers of mixed-used developments permission to apply for permits.

He stated that if the plans are approved, this property would be the first to have light industrial, commercial, residential, or recreational uses.

Additional comments may be made through Monday. The City Council could vote on the project in September according to Gregg Dorhn, Castle Rock Planner, the report mentioned.

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