Tower Planing and Zoning commission reviews Rose campground EAW comments
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018 — Members of the Tower Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday to review the comments it received in response to the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the Rose campground proposed to be built on land located on the East Two River. The project has drawn criticism from neighbors at Mill Point Plat and many chose to attend the meeting and respond in writing. Joan Broten, formerly serving on the Tower City Council, spoke on behalf of the neighborhood. She asked planning and zoning to remember that eight of the proposed campsites will face the existing Vermilion Wilderness Fuel bulk storage plant. “I hope you will take due diligence before allowing the project to move forward,” Broten said as she introduced Erik Honkanen, of Honkanen Richards, S.C, a Virginia law firm to the commission. The Brotens and other neighbors at Mill Point retained the firm to represent its objections to the campground.
Honkanen said that it was clear that a substantial modification of the site is required for the project and that he would like to see a full Environmental Impact Statement completed before the commission makes any recommendation on the project. “This is one of the most sensitive lake shore areas in Minnesota,” Honkanen said. He presented a five page letter, and over 80 page document citing data from the Minnesota Sensitive lakeshore ID Manual to support his arguments. It seems Honkanen left no stone unturned as he also presented Planning and Zoning with a list of judgements against Rose and his wife Darlene recorded in the courts of two different Minnesota counties, Honkanen said that he was not one to readily threaten litigation, however, in this case he believed he could make a compelling argument against the project in court.
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