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Bend father-son team submit 80-space plan; some Culver residents oject during planning commission meeting

SUBMITTED IMAGE - Ridge Development proposes an 80-space RV park in downtown Culver. Some residents object to drawing transient population to town.

Dr. Robert Shannon and his son Riley would like to build an 80-space RV park in Culver. Some Culver residents attended the planning commission meeting July 7 to object.

Shannons' company, Ridge Development, calls the project Orchard RV Park. It would locate on a 6.48-acre lot in downtown Culver just south of City Hall.

"I think we'd have a significant positive economic impact on Culver," says the elder Shannon. "Especially during the winter season. People would visit the restaurants, the grocery store, the Dollar General."

In a letter to the Madras Pioneer, Sandra Ihrig expressed concern about drawing transient people to area. "The transient populations will not be anchored by their financial output in our small town," wrote Ihrig.

Ihrig worried about safety, increased crime, and added pressure on Culver's aging infrastructure.

"The impact of a possible 160-plus people showering and using water and our septic system in this small town puts an unfair burden of upkeep on the citizens," continued Ihrig.

Shannon says Ridge Development has a track record with two parks, Mt. View Mobile Home Park at 6100 S. Highway 97 for people aged 55 and older, and the new Cottonwood RV Park at 2956 NW Canal Blvd. in Redmond.

The developer promises to do criminal background checks on all monthly renters.

The park would have two pickle ball courts and a picnic pavilion available to the public.

They plan for professional landscaping as buffers between adjoining properties.

"We are a father-son company that takes pride in the way our parks look and are managed," says a letter signed by both Robert and Riley Shannon.

The Culver Planning Commission decides whether to approve the plan.

The panel meets again to discuss the project on July 22.


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