A property off of Ant Flat Road will not be host to an off-highway vehicle park, according to Harold Black of Wallowa County Planning Department.

The Wallowa County Planning Commission, at its Sept. 25 meeting, disapproved the conditional use permit application filed by Randy James to build the park on his property near the Eagle Cap Shooters Association shooting range.

Several neighbors had objected to the application, which involved 744 acres of exclusive farm use land. Issues included concern over importation of noxious weeds, noise and erosion.

The vote was 5-0 in favor of a motion to deny the application. Erin Melville, Chris Geyer, Gene Kozowski, David Flynn and Benjamin Curry voted to deny the permit; Ken Wick abstained, Black said.

In other action at the Tuesday meeting, the planners unanimously approved the subdivision of approximately 36 acres owned by Brian Ricker east of Enterprise into seven parcels, Black said. The property, described as an "orphan farm parcel," was re-zoned from EFU to R-1 in April.

Issues continued to a future meeting included a request from William Kilts for a partition and two non-farm dwellings under HB 3326 on EFU property east of Joseph along Silver Lake Ditch; a subdivision of farm property east of Joseph near Barton Heights by Mary Hayes under a Measure 37 claim; and consideration of a wind and cell tower article for the county's comprehensive land use plan, Black said.

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