A 191-site RV Park project is being proposed along State Road 35 off of Luverne Road near Chuck's Garage. Andy Hursh and Jeff Radich have submitted CUP 21-32 (see below); Mr. Hursh, a Siren resident, has been attending the Town of Siren monthly board meetings, looking for support.
The Siren Town Board was scheduled to discuss and maybe approve this at the Nov. 11th meeting, but these agenda items were moved to a new meeting, Thursday, Dec 2, 6pm, in part, because the board wanted to have a full bench for the vote (Siren recently lost Supervisor Bert Lund, they have appointed Diane Lund to temporarily fill his seat).
This project would be the first to happen under the County's new RR-RC zoning district. Since Burnett County did not pass a 100-unit cap for campgrounds in the RR-RC district (that amendment has been sent back to committee for further review), this project is nearly double what the the Land Use & Information Committee had proposed as a size limit for new "campground" projects.
The adjoiners, the folks whose land shares a property line with this project, only received notice of the project in their mailboxes on Nov 12. Had the Nov 11 board meeting not been rescheduled, these folks would not have been able to attend and speak on their own behalf about their 400-800 new neighbors!
We have had conversations with Mr. Hursh who has been gracious, he is willing to talk to those affected by his plans. This is really refreshing. We disagree on certain points, that's life. The best path forward is to work this out together, with all stakeholders getting a say and coming up with the best possible solution. So we encourage you to go to the Village, Town and County meetings, meet with Mr. Hursh and your representatives. Build a Siren you're all happy to live, work and relax in.
Here are some issues to consider:
Please share this story with friends and neighbors who might be interested/impacted. If you know something, please email us. If you have questions, contact us for that too!
Email us if you'd like to be part of conversations about this project prior to the December 2nd meeting.
Thursday, December 2, 6pm, Town Shop: Siren Township Board meets to review and possibly vote on the RV Park requests.
(Siren Township Board meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month at 6:45 pm at 7240 S. Long Lake Road, Siren.)
Tuesday December 7, 9am: The Land Use and Info Committee meets. Hursh/Radich have 3 requests on the docket: 21-30 - a storage area; 21-13 - request for rezone to RR-RC; and 21-32 - the RV park (the application PDF is below). The Public Hearing notice PDF is below. You can attend virtually, instructions are in the PDF.
The Village of Siren Board "usually meets monthly at 2 pm on the first Thursday after the first Monday of each month at 7240 S. Long Lake Road, Siren." That would be December 9th.
If you'd like a closer look at the details of the maps above, go here.
It used to be that campgrounds were full of tents. Not any more. We have made our concerns with high-density, so-called "campgrounds" clear. The Land Use & Info Committee (LUIC) Supervisors listened and drafted new rules in the form of the document "TXT-21-03," changes to Chapters 30 & 45, which was passed by the full County Board on October 21st -- we are grateful!
Highlights of the changes:
Early in the process, PBC requested three amendments to TXT-21-03:
The LUIC passed two of the amendments at their Oct 5 meeting:
The County Board passed TXT-21-03 at their Oct 21st meeting. However the opposition raised a technicality specter and the two amendments were sent back to the LUIC. That is where we stand today. The LUI Campground Work Group was reinstated; they will reconvene Friday Dec. 10 at 9am. Until these two amendments are passed, there will be giant loopholes in the new rules that will allow these high-density, high-intensity RV Parks to be built, expand and grow.
This stuff can be confusing. If you have questions, please send them and we will happily clarify!
Sadly, Town of Siren and County Supervisor Bert Lund passed last month. Diane Lund was appointed to fill his seat until elections, April 5, 2022.
We want to send a shout-out to the government representatives and employees. In all our engagements over the past year, they have been an amazing bunch. We don't always agree. But these folks work really hard for not a ton of reward. Be nice to them. :)