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Developer plans campground south of marina

By Cindy Yingst, Thursday, January 9, 2020

A large recreational vehicle park and campground has been proposed on vacant land along the Skipanon River.

Chinook Village RV Park would have 99 spaces for campers, plus yurts, portable cabins and/or tiny homes, all for short-term stays.

In addition, there are two new apartment complexes planned in the general vicinity. Both apartment projects are on the Planning Commission’s Jan. 9 agenda for public hearings.

The proposed 30-acre campground also will require a public hearing before it can be approved, but that hasn’t yet been scheduled.

The project’s developer, Jason Palmberg, owns individually or with family members about half of the land along the east side of the Skipanon River.

“I’m supportive of the project. There seems to be a demand,” said Mark Kujala, whose family owns the other half of the land. “We are still exploring our options on that property, but we do have intentions for some type of residential development on the property we cleared along the Skipanon.”

Palmberg met with Kevin Cronin, the city’s development director, for a pre-application conference on Dec. 4.

Amenities in addition to campsites include a lodge, a camp store with park offices, and a shower/laundry building. Access would be off Alternate Highway 101 with a secondary emergency access across the Eighth Street Dam.

The campground would require sidewalks, streetlights, fire hydrants, and a plan for hooking into the city’s trails system. Palmberg also would need to request a conditional-use permit, since the area is zoned for intermediate-density residential, and submit a plan for dealing with flooding, since much of the project is within a Federal Emergency Management Agency’s designated flood plain.

Palmberg did not return phone calls or emails seeking more information about the project.

Eagles Landing

Stan Johnson of NW Astoria Homes has proposed a 16-unit apartment complex on ¾ acre next to the Skipanon River Bridge. Access would be on Alternate Highway 101.

Eagles Landing Apartments includes two two-story buildings, each with eight one- and two-bedroom apartments.

A public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at City Hall, 225 S. Main Ave.

Latitude 46

Jeff and Jennifer Canessa plan to put a 28-unit apartment complex near the intersection of Southeast Jetty Avenue and Southeast Jetty Place, diagonally across Highway 101 from Ocean Crest Chevrolet.

Latitude 46 Apartments would include four buildings, two of them three stories, on just over an acre of land.

Latitude 46 would be next to the already approved 66-unit Jetty Apartments complex. Palmberg is the developer on that project.

The Canessas have filed a conditional-use permit for Latitude 46 and a public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 9 before the Planning Commission.

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