Public hearing May 1 for cabins in Green Creek

Published 8:00 am Saturday, April 28, 2018

GREEN CREEK — The Polk County Board of Adjustment will have a public hearing on Tuesday to consider a conditional use permit to allow five recreational vehicle park models (cabins) in Green Creek.

Charles Jayne, of Illinois, applied for a conditional use permit for recreation vehicle park and/or camp areas on his vacant 65.8 acres in Green Creek, identified as tax parcel P125-35. The area is zoned “Multiple Use” and will need a conditional use permit approved in order to construct.

Jayne said he wants to improve the vacant land by placing five park model recreational vehicles on the land, similar in style to those of Green Creek Cabins, located on Moore Road.

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The total land area to be disturbed with the cabins is less than 1 acre, including septic, water, driveway and park model RV foundations.

The construction is proposed to be done in three phases, with the first phase putting in a driveway, water, septic and electric systems and the model RVs, the second phase will be building a 30-stall barn with a show jumping arena and paddocks and the final phase will be to build a permanent home.

Jayne said he has personally spoken with adjacent neighbors.

Jayne also said there is approximately 60 feet from where the driveway meets the entrance of the property for the first log cabin and, within this area, there will be landscaping in between the driveway and the first park model RV.

“In keeping with the rural nature of the surrounding area, the cabins are tastefully designed to blend in with the architecture of the community: dark wood with dark brown roofs,” stated the narrative on Jayne’s application.

Jayne also said the access driveway improvements will be approved by the Polk County fire marshal, with Jayne already having an approval that the proposed entrance to the property is satisfactory, safe and up to code.

“With plans to build a private equestrian farm and his permanent residence on the property, the owner desires to be a positive active participant in the community,” stated the narrative on Jayne’s application.

The Polk County zoning ordinance classifies some use of land as “conditional uses,” meaning they individually need approval.

The five-member Polk County Board of Adjustment is responsible for interpreting and applying the conditions set in the zoning ordinance. The board will conduct a public hearing to hear evidence and decide whether or not to grant the conditional use.

Nearby property owners have been sent notice of the conditional use permit of the property. 

The public hearing will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the R. Jay Foster Hall of Justice, located on the second floor of the Womack building in Columbus.