BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners took public testimony Monday on a proposed bed & breakfast and campground near Smith Rock State Park. The Mazama Foundation wants to develop the site for up to 28 guests in 10 tent sites and three guest rooms. Neighbors worry it would bring more noise and traffic to an already crowded and popular landmark.
Lee Davis, Executive Director of The Mazamas, testified about his group's long history of education and preservation of Oregon’s outdoor beauty, "We operate the largest organized climbing and hiking programs in all of Oregon, including two annual climbing classes and stewardship events at Smith Rock State Park and the surrounding area. We donate resources annually to Smith Rock State Park and help maintain and improve the trails. We also provide trained volunteers each year to help with park maintenance and stewardship."
Deschutes County Senior Planner Anthony Raguine said approving this type of use in a neighborhood would set a precedent. "They are allowing campers to use the B & B facilities for showers and dining facilities to, again, mitigate some of the noise impacts you might expect from campgrounds. From the neighbors, there was some concern that this use by the campers really exceeds what a B & B is."
Commissioners will vote on the application at a future meeting.