Once the resort community work is completed at the south end of Wallowa Lake and summer residents are living in their vacation homes, possibly in July or August, an effort will be made to assess long range goals for the community.
Wallowa County Planning Director Bill Oliver anticipates calling on the services of Pacific Power communications coordinator Diana Corder of Portland to facilitate a series of town hall meetings to determine future goals for the community, including the 147 acres of land Pacific Power owns at the end of Power House Road (Hwy. 381).
Oliver suggests such possibilities as a community center, a performing arts center and/or a small convention center being situated on the property, improvements which could draw into the area business retreats, seminars and trainings. He also suggests some less ambitious undertakings such as expanding campsites on property abutting the Eagle Cap Wilderness, improving loading and unloading ramps at the end of the road and creating more parking space.
According to Pacific Power Regional Community Manager Bill Clemens, whose jurisdiction includes southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, the power company has no immediate plans for the property. He said the 147-acre piece of land now has on it some space set aside for campers, a maintenance building rented to the Oregon State Park and a small power generating facility.
A major component of the resort community work mandated by the state, as proposed by the South Wallowa Lake Citizens Committee of which Pacific Power is a member, is to change Pacific Power's land from resource land zoning to commercial recreation (CR2).
Clemens says that Corder specializes in community and economic development and is experienced in facilitating community meetings.