HR County Planning Commission Denies DeeTour Hotel Appeal

By a 5-2 vote, the Hood River County Planning Commission voted to uphold an appeal by the Hood River Valley Residents Committee and deny an application for a 50 room hotel on a portion of the old Dee Mill site.  Landowner Jason Taylor of Apollo Land Holdings was seeking a commercial land use permit for the hotel along the south side of Lost Lake Road southwest of its intersection with Dee Highway as part of project that includes an amphitheater.  The amphitheater was not a part of this application.  County Planner Eric Walker said the planning commission found when the County originally adopted its comprehensive plan in 1984 it had to make exceptions for existing uses in forest and farm lands like the area where the old Dee Mill was located, but while an exception was granted for the industrial use it wouldn’t extend to commercial uses.  Planning Director John Roberts expects it will take a couple of weeks for the planning commission order to be finalized, and then a 15-day window to appeal to the Hood River County Commission will begin.

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