A hearing on a proposed OHV recreational area in Lookingglass has been postponed until December.
The Douglas County Planning Commission had been slated for a hearing next week on the proposal, which has drawn significant opposition from residents with homes near the proposed recreational area. It’s been standing room only at previous meetings on the topic.
The county wants to build an OHV park on a 200-acre parcel at the site of the old Lookingglass dump and transfer station that’s been closed for decades. OHV enthusiasts see it as an ideal site for Jeeps and 4X4s to traverse rocky technical trails.
But opponents say the area is landslide prone in the winter and a fire hazard in the summer. Local residents argue the noise and traffic will damage their property values and quality of life.
The Douglas County Planning Commission held a hearing in August, which had been scheduled to continue Sept. 21.
However, the Douglas County Planning Department announced this week the matter has been postponed until the planning commission’s Dec. 14 meeting.
The delay comes at the request of Douglas County Building Facilities Director Janet Coleman. Coleman took over responsibility for the request after former Land Department Director Kevin Potter retired. In her request for a delay, she wrote that she needed additional time to address issues raised by opponents, including developing evidence on “geologic, sound and fire related issues” and providing information about the “compatibility of the proposed OHV use and nearby property owners.”
The OHV hearing continuation will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in Room 216, Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg.