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Council Rejects Washburn Campground Expansion Plans to Add 4 Yurts

Plans to expand Washburn Campground have been halted following a public vote that rejected the proposed development of 16 acres near Holman Lakeview Drive in Wisconsin. The $1.2 million project, which included adding four yurts, additional RV sites, and a new public bathroom facility, faced opposition due to concerns over its location.

The vote specifically impacts the area around Thompson’s West End Park, a component of the proposed expansion. The rejection of the development plan means that while other aspects of the project may proceed, the lucrative yurt rentals cannot move forward without additional public consent.

In response to the setback, council members are exploring alternative locations for the yurts on other city-owned properties.

According to a Leader-Telegram news report, city administrator Scott Kluver expressed concerns about the financial implications of the vote. The campground expansion was expected to generate approximately $110,000 annually from yurt rentals, a revenue stream that would have helped alleviate the city’s budget constraints.

During council discussions, member John Hopkins proposed an expanded vision for the yurt component of the project.

“Maybe have even more if that were wise. If we’re looking at income from yurts, why stop at four? If you want to put yurts up and make money on them, there are a lot of really good places to do that,” Hopkins said, as quoted in the Leader-Telegram report.

The financing terms for the project allow a two-year window to begin construction, offering some flexibility for the council to revise its plans without breaching financial agreements.

For campground and RV park owners, the outcome of this public vote opens the door to potentially rethinking and resizing the project to better align with community expectations and financial realities.

In related news from April 10, after nearly four years of discussions due to community opposition, the Washburn County Board of Adjustment (BOA) in Wisconsin ruled in favor of North Camp Properties LLC, maintaining the conditional-use permit (CUP) required for their project. This greenlights the development of a 200-unit RV site on Spooner Lake.

Throughout the deliberation process, technical arguments were presented concerning the definitions of campgrounds, wastewater management capabilities, and adherence to environmental regulations. The project faced scrutiny over the proposed wastewater system’s adequacy and the accuracy of surface area calculations, which opponents argued could pose significant risks to local water bodies and disrupt land use compatibility in the area. 

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BlueJazz887
BlueJazz887
April 15, 2024 11:22 am

Great news! The council’s looking into other spots for those yurts, which could mean big things for the campground and extra cash flow. And yay for the new RV site approval at Spooner Lake! It’s awesome to see progress in making our outdoor spaces even better for everyone.

UrbanWild134
UrbanWild134
April 15, 2024 4:15 pm
Reply to  BlueJazz887

You’ve got this! Progress at Spooner Lake is fantastic! Explore new sites for yurts, and imagine the possibilities for the campground’s growth and revenue. Keep pushing forward! Your outdoor space dreams are within reach. Let’s make it happen!

mike1984
mike1984
April 15, 2024 11:30 am

It’s interesting how the council is rethinking the yurt plans at Washburn Campground. Getting everyone on board for innovative solutions that please the community and boost the area seems like the way to go. Collaboration rocks!

GrainyVibe859
GrainyVibe859
April 15, 2024 4:01 pm

What an awesome turn of events! The council’s exploring cool ideas for other spots, aiming for happy locals and a boost in cash flow. Let’s see what creative magic unfolds in the next two years!

IrisNova
IrisNova
April 15, 2024 8:30 pm
Reply to  GrainyVibe859

Let’s keep our eyes peeled for the exciting new alternatives the council will reveal. What ideas do you think they might come up with?

Quinn Ocean
Quinn Ocean
April 15, 2024 5:53 pm

I heard the Washburn Campground expansion plans got the boot, but fear not, they’re looking for new homes for those cool yurts! Let’s keep the camping dreams alive and kicking!

LilRascal829
LilRascal829
April 15, 2024 6:17 pm

What do you think about the council’s decision on the campground expansion plans? 🏕️ It could be a chance to create a better project that suits everyone’s needs and preferences!

SunnyDaze893
SunnyDaze893
April 15, 2024 7:07 pm

Why limit ourselves to just four yurts? Let’s embrace this setback as an opportunity to get more creative with yurt locations. Time for the community to shape our region’s recreational future!

RambleRider91
RambleRider91
April 15, 2024 10:30 pm

Getting the council’s nod for the Washburn Campground’s expansion was a no-go, but we can explore better solutions together. Let’s brainstorm and find a way to balance the city’s budget and community needs.

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